I have recently mentioned my "quick & dirty" off camera flash technique several times, but had no photo to demonstrate it until now. During our second DSLR Photography Lesson, I started to teach Chris the "quick & dirty" technique at John's Pass Village. For the shot above I asked him to take the position, but we both forgot that his Nikon SB-600 Speedlight was still on and set to the same channel my Nikon D300's commander mode was, so it was a nice bit of luck that his SB-600 went off to help with the demonstration. When you do not have a light stand or tripod with you, the "quick and dirty" off camera flash technique can still produce good results. It just takes a bit of practice to balance a DSLR in just your right hand and maintain the strobe in your left hand pointing at your subject.
During our lesson I was the model allowing me to instruct Chris to point his strobe a little more this, a little more up, etc. With practice, one can get a feel for pointing the strobe directly at the subject without having to even look at your left hand.
For our next lesson we may try out the street portrait act that Kelley and I have done before and see who we can get to be models for us, as Chris' skills continue to improve and before he gets tired of only having me as a model for our lessons!