For the past week, I’ve had the good fortune to be able to shoot a trio of Canon’s new 600-EX-RT Speedlites (B&H / Amazon) and the new ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter (B&H / Amazon)). The gear was provided to me by Canon-Europe for evaluation. Next week, you will [...]
Gels are an inexpensive way to turn a boring set into a space filled with ambiance. Three Speedlites, two gels, a random mirror, and a mini softbox enabled me to turn a small, unfinished cellar (above left) into the colorful set for a model’s portfolio shoot (above right).
There are no hard and [...]
Lighting Persona, the second of my two December presentations in the Event Space at B&H Photo’s NYC superstore, is now on YouTube. In this video, I go through a number of shoots and the ways I shaped light to create the persona of the subject. Although my [...]
I had the good fortune to give a two-hour presentation on Canon Speedliting with Multiple Flashes a few weeks ago in the Event Space at B&H Photo’s NYC superstore. Thanks to the great gang at B&H, you can now watch my presentation on YouTube.
One of the most important concepts in flash photography is sync speed. This is the fastest shutter speed that your camera can use with normal flash. For most DSLRs, the sync speed is 1/250″. Your camera’s sync speed may be faster or slower — so check your user manual if you don’t know.
Nikon announced the successor to their flagship SB-900 Speedlight yesterday. The main difference between the original model, introduced in mid-2008, and the new SB-910 is a re-engineering of the thermal protection circuitry.
Users of the SB-900 often complained that fast-paced shooting would result in the Speedlight shutting down completely until it cooled down [...]
My second online video course, Working with Speedlites: Multiple Flash Photography, just launched on KelbyTraining.com. Like the first course (on one-flash photography), this course was months in the making. Again, I want to give a huge shout of thanks to every Canonista [...]
To say that I had a great week teaching in Maine would be an understatement. The 14 students in my ‘Canon Speedlites Demystified’ class at Maine Media Workshops were great. The lobster-everything was great. The pace of Maine was great — about as laid back as Paso Robles, so I [...]
Canon USA recently launched their QuickGuide series. They are free, downloadable, how-to brochures that you can print, fold, and carry in your gear bag. Click on the pic below and you can take a peek at the front page of the QuickGuide for the 580EX II Speedlite.
At present, there are 15 QuickGuides [...]
Canon Europe has just published the last installment of my four-part series on Speedliting. The entire Canon Pro Network site is a treasure-trove of information. I hope that you’ll check out my series and then acquaint yourself with the rest of the CPN resources.
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