Brilliant DIY Underwater Strobe Triggering Rig

Oh, this is just genius.

JP Danko of blurMEDIA photography has created a captive, optical syncing system for his Pelican-encased SB-800s using cheap, off the shelf TOSLink fiber-optic cabling.

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Blogger icie said...

From first-hand experimentation, I found radio triggers have a range of around 50cm to 1m underwater.

I use standard China-quality radio triggers from ebay to get the initial signal out of the camera to just one of the flashes underwater, and with the other flashes set for optical slaving, that is enough to control 3 or 4 lights underwater.

Of course, it's not an elegant or fool-proof solution, but it works on a shoestring budget.

In another low-budget-high-risk move, I also use locking "air-proof" tupperware containers to contain the flashes.

December 02, 2012 7:58 PM  
Blogger Jonh Hernández said...

This is just the same way that divers use theyre strobes..

its quite a cool packaging though, the pelican cases are a cheaper option to the flash housings i guess..

December 03, 2012 7:25 AM  
Blogger Prelo said...

Anyone have a source, a site, or info about working with TOS-link cables?

December 03, 2012 12:53 PM  
Blogger Marc Kelly said...

Nice quick little vid. Even love the laid back nature of it as he's chugging a Carona. I'd go for something better but that's just me.

December 03, 2012 1:22 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...


December 03, 2012 11:47 PM  
Blogger Prelo said...

Thanks David. This sort of thing could come in handy at the HS swim meets I shoot. Always looking for a new look...

December 04, 2012 12:19 AM  
Blogger William Long said...

Does anyone else not see how effing awesome this is??!!
With the sb800 on the camera(which I assume it is), everything is controlled via CLS right from the camera!! At first I was wondering how the toslink cables didn't allow any water in, but after looking closer I see the whole point in the on camera flash adapter thingy.

I've never given underwater a thought after looking at the price of cases. What kind of waterproof case is that? Now I'm re-curious.

December 07, 2012 11:18 AM  
Blogger david said...

There's actually no need to put the SB800 on top of the camera if no more than two groups (A&B) and the on-camera flash is sufficient to send the signal over the toslink cables to the remote flashes.

December 09, 2012 11:07 AM  

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