Syl Arena on Kelby Training

My first online video course, Working with Speedlites: One Flash Photography, just launched on It’s been months in the making. I want to give a huge shout of thanks to every Canonista who asked the gang at KT to produce Canon-specific training.

The course has 13 segments and runs nearly two hours. It covers a wide range of concepts, techniques, and gear that you can use to make great images with a single Speedlite. The media player on KT’s site remembers what you’ve watched–so you can come and go as you please. You can also watch individual segments as many times as you desire.

As for the topics that I covered:

  1. Basic Gear for Speedliting
  2. Camera Settings and Shutter Speeds
  3. Know Your Speedlite
  4. Buttons and Functions
  5. Know Your Modes
  6. Color Temperature
  7. Going Off-Camera
  8. ETTL Flash Mode
  9. Manual FLash Mode
  10. First- and Second-Curtain Sync
  11. Slow-Speed Sync
  12. High-Speed Sync Fill-Flash
  13. Batteries

Click here to read the details about the contents of each segment.

If you’ve not checked out Kelby Training, you should. The site offers on-demand training videos on a wide range of photo topics (click here for a list). You can subscribe by the month or by the year. You can even try it for free (click here).

Working With Speedlites is the first of two courses that I did with Kelby Training. The second course–which focuses on multi-lite techniques–will launch on October 27.



10 Responses to Speedliting Debuts On

  1. Stewart says:

    Watched part of it yesterday! Great info!

  2. Morgana says:

    Congratulaions on the new training videos. 🙂

    Personally l think Kelby Training is good value, and l look forward to more Syl videos. 🙂

  3. I watched a little over half of it today. Really good course! I loved how you went over all the Speedlite buttons and functions, and I learned a bunch of stuff which I thought I knew, but apparently I didn't.

    PS. Loved the laundry basket in the corner during the Camera Settings segment. I laughed.

  4. John Woods says:

    It's great to "see" so many of the techniques and tips covered in your book. Looking forward to the next series.

  5. Howard Smith says:

    I watched the course over the week-end. It's great to see Canon specific training on Kelby Training. Great course. I can't wait to see the second installment. Thanks.

  6. Hari Oetomo says:

    Learnt about MAHA battery charger from Syl yesterday and bought one. Thanks.

  7. Paul Gibson says:

    What is the small softox you handhold in the ETTL Flash Mode section?

    • Syl Arena says:

      Paul – I'm a huge fan of Lastolite's Mini Ezybox. I've tried the Lumiquest softboxes. I tried the Honl softbox. In my opinion, the Mini Ezybox creates the most even light (no hotspots) and is the most durable for travel.

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  9. Laura R. says:

    I only recently discovered your EXCELLENT Speedlight class for on KelbyOne. I am so, so grateful for it!! You are a fantastic and thorough instructor, and covered all aspects of basic Speedlight usage in the course. The modules on Basic Gear, Know Your Speedlight, Buttons & Functions, Color Temperature (including the use of gels), Going Off Camera, ETTL, and sync and shutter, were especially informative – but every single module is a gold mine of information. I’ve watched the entire course twice now and feel so much better informed – and finally ready to use my Canon 430 EX II off-camera.

    I bought my Canon Speedlight 430 EX II in 2010 but could never figure out how to use it effectively. After watching your course on KelbyOne, however, I now feel ready and able to start.

    I appreciate the fact that throughout the course, you demonstrate how to set up and use every single piece of lighting gear discussed in the “Know Your Gear” module. I also appreciate your emphasis on starting with only one or two pieces of equipment, mastering those, and then moving on to the next. Nice to know that I don’t need to go out and buy all the gear at once in order to start Speedlighting.

    Best, easiest to understand class on Speedlighting that I’ve ever attended. Thanks for this truly helpful course.

    I will be purchasing your books, and hope to attend one of your live training events in the future.

    Thanks not only for being a great photographer but also a great teacher!!!

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