Last week was a great week for image-centric blogs. Here is a random run-through of several of my favorite posts from the blogs I read.
Save the dates: August 4–10 and August 11–17, 2013. I have two weeklong lighting workshops scheduled at Maine Media this year. Midcoast Maine + August + playing with light for a week = Summer camp for lucky adults.
My Canon Speedlites Demystified workshop runs Aug 4–10. This will be the third summer that I teach this great session that focuses exclusively on…you guessed it, Canon Speedlites. We start the week with an exploration of one-light techniques and end the week with everyone shooting multiple Speedlites. Even if you hardly know how to use a pop-up flash, if you shoot Canon and want to learn flash, this is the workshop for you. Check out the details here on the Maine Media site.
My new Creative Lighting on Location workshop (Aug 11–17) is for shooters who already have a working knowledge of flash photography and want to push into using mixed lighting and strobes (Einsteins, Profoto D1s, etc.) on location. Of course, what’s a strobe good for without a toolbox of modifiers? So, we’ll also play with a range of softboxes, grids, gels, etc. as we shoot portraits on a wide range of indoor and outdoor locations. You’ll find the details here on the Maine Media site.
And yes, if you are looking for an excuse to spend two weeks in the beautiful central coast of Maine, then consider Canon Speedlites Demystified as a great way to get up to speed for Creative Lighting on Location.
Welcome to PixSylated’s inaugural Random Bytes. Here’s are a handful of recent blogs and web articles that I’ve found interesting. Random Bytes will be published…well, randomly. Enjoy!
My latest project is a 24-page booklet on creating off-camera light with Canon Speedlites. The Quick Start is a mini field guide (5.5″ x 8.5″) that covers the fundamentals of creating great light with Speedlites. While oriented towards those just starting with off-camera flash, it contains loads of tips for shooters at all levels. The Quick Start will be available as a PDF via electronic download and as a printed booklet. All the details, including sneak peeks inside, will be available here in about two weeks.
According to this list from Canon, the radio-enabled Speedlite 600EX-RT and ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter can be used in 58 countries. The list was published in March, 2012 at the time the new Speedlite system was introduced.
Many additional countries allow the use of devices in the 2.4 GHz ISM (Industrial, Scientific, & Medical) radio bands. So, perhaps the list of countries in which the 600EX-RT and ST-E3-RT can be used will grow.
600EX-RT / ST-E3-RT Permitted Regions of Use
(updated March, 2012)
I bought two copies of Newsweek the other day. According to the cover, this will be the last time that I’ll be able to buy Newsweek in the magazine rack. The funny/sad thing is that I would not have bought the mags if Newsweek was not going out of print. I’ve not looked at an issue of Newsweek in years. Yet, knowing that this would be the last time I’d see it on the newsstand, I bought the last two copies as souvenirs. [To be clear, Newsweek is not going out of business. Rather, they are going "all-digital"–meaning that Newsweek will now publish only to tablets, mobile phones, and computers. Click here for the complete list.]
To start 2013, I’m spending the week in Orlando at the TAP!2013 conference. TAP!—Technologically Advanced Publishing—is a new conference created by best-selling author Rich Harrington and friends that’s a treasure trove of information about the vanguard of digital publishing: to devices, to paper, and online. The conference opened yesterday with Guy Kawasaki presenting on his new book APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur (here on Amazon as an ebook or paperback). Scott Kelby presented a keynote in which he talked candidly about the opportunities he sees for digital content creators. Terry White and Colin Fleming, both tech evangelists, are here to enlighten us about Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite. I’m also looking forward to the upcoming keynotes by Skip Cohen on blogging and by Debbie Bates-Schrott on designing for user experiences.
In today’s world, it’s no longer enough to have something interesting/valuable to say. To be an effective communicator today, you also need to sort out how that content will made available to those who want/need to consume it. In terms of delivering digital content with a rich user experience (think more than just words and a few pix on a screen or sheet of paper), Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite (Single User via the Creative Cloud) will be folded into the new skill set that I’m developing. I didn’t know that when I landed in Orlando two days ago. To see the full TAP! conference schedule, click here.
When it comes to technology, I think that Darwin was right. The fit will survive. So, evolve or perish. Scott Kelby said yesterday at TAP!, “Who would have thought a decade ago that we’d be buying our film today from two companies we’d never heard of—Lexar and Sandisk?” No matter what your path in the world of creatives—photographer, cinematographer, writer, designer, etc.—now is the time to look around and sort out what you should do to prepare for the present.
JUST START. That’s my motto for 2013.
Too often, good ideas are never put into action. We want to know the ending before we even begin. We worry about possible outcomes and focus on the negative ones. We rationalize and over-analyze. We embrace distractions. We do everything, but start.
I like the old proverb—a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. This year, I intend to take that first step in so many ways.
B&H is offering special discounts on several of the most popular Canon L-series lenses. Most of these deals will expire at the end of the week. Click through on the links below for details.
16-35mm f/2.8L II $1,399 (normally $1,699)
24-70mm f/2.8L II $2,099 (normally $2,299)
50mm f/1.2L $1,299 (normally $1,619)
70-200mm f/2.8L IS II $1,999 (normally $2,499)
Europe’s Canon Pro Network has just published an extensive article on how the new 600EX-RT Speedlite and ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter integrate with EOS cameras. This is the sixth article on Speedliting that I’ve written for CPN. If you are not familiar with the CPN site, no matter where you are in the world, it’s a great source of information for all-things Canon. You can subscribe to the free CPN newsletter by clicking here.
Canon USA is hosting my talk ‘Mastering the Speedlite 600EX-RT System’ this Wednesday evening (December 19) at their tech center in Hollywood. If you’ll be in the vicinity of Los Angeles on Wednesday you can check out the details and register for this free event by clicking here.
Lastly, many thanks to the hundreds of Speedliters who joined me at any of the 14 stops on my fall Speedliter’s Intensive tour. I have one last Intensive for 2012—Charlotte on Tuesday. I’ll have another set of Intensives in 2013 to announce very soon—including Orlando and Tampa in January. The best way to get the announcements about the new dates is to subscribe to PixSylated here.
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