Speedliter's Handbook Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites

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  • Copyright: 2010-12-19
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In-depth how-to guide teaches Canon speedlite users everything they need to know to craft the best light for any situation

Most in-depth resource for Canon speedlite users.

Clear and logical instruction from a professional photographer with over 20 years' experience.

Page after page of great photography is used to illustrate all techniques. For anyone new to flash photography--or who has had a frustrating start with it--Speedliter's Handbook is a fantastic in-depth resource. Packed with information presented in a clear and approachable how-to format, this book walks readers through everything from the basics of light to advanced setups using Canon speedlites.

Syl Arena starts out familiarizing the reader with how light works and covers all the key concepts, terminology, and equipment that will serve as a foundation before jumping in. Syl then moves into all the ways speedlites can be used both on and off camera to create the best light for any given situation, whether that be portraits, wedding, sports, or macro-photography.

Speedliter's Handbook covers both manual and E-TTL flash; high-speed sync; stroboscopic flash; setups that use from one to a dozen flashes; and much more. By the end of the book, the reader will have a newfound knowledge of light and will be confident with her ability to craft that light with Canon speedlites.

Syl's blog, pixsylated.com, has become a popular go-to resource for Canon users seeking credible information that will help them improve their photography using speedlites. In 2010, Syl will be launching a series of lighting workshops geared specifically to Canon speedlite users.

Author Biography

Syl Arena studied commercial photography at Brooks Institute and fine art photography at the University of Arizona. Over the years, Syl has shot for newspapers, magazines, and catalogs. He has been recognized for his expertise on color-critical workflow and his ability to turn noon to night by firing off a dozen Speedlites simultaneously. Syl covers the world of photography on his blogs, PixSylated.com and Speedliting.com, and he serves as the Director of the Paso Robles Workshops.

Table of Contents

Welcome Speedliter!

chapter Zero
Quick Start Guide To Speedliting
Why Pop-Up And Hot Shoe Flash Do Not Create Interesting Light
Deal With The Ambient Light First
Who Is In Charge—You Or Your Speedlite?
More Essential Truths About Speedliting

Before Speedlites, There Was Light
chapter one
Learn To See Light
The Poetry Of Light
Character Of Light
How You See vs. How Your Camera Sees

chapter TWO
Exposure Exposed
The Trinity: ISO, Shutter Speed And Aperture
Depth Of Field
Equivalent Exposures
Exposure Modes
Metering, Metering Zones, And Metering Modes
White Balance
Exposure Evaluation For Flash Photography
Determining Proper Exposure

chapter THREE
Mechanics Of Light
Taking Color’s Temperature
Incidence Incidentally
Soft Light Proves That Size Is Relative
Falling Off, Or How To Love The Inverse Square Law
Thinking About Flash-To-Subject Distance As Stops

chapter FOUR
Light Of The World
The Role Of Ambient Light
Controlling Ambient In Flash Exposures
Options For Blending Ambient And Flash

chapter FIVE
Think Globally, Light Locally
The Lighting Compass
On-Axis And Off-Axis Light
Light From Above... And Below

Speedlites Fundamentally

chapter six
Meet The Speedlites
Dissecting A Burst Of Flash
Speedlite 580EX II
Speedlite 430EX II
Speedlite 270EX
Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX
Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX
Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2

chapter seven
Control Your Speedlite
Mode—Deciding How The Power Level Is Set
Sync—Deciding When To Fire The Flash
Zoom—Deciding Where To Fire, Part 1
Pan and Tilt—Deciding Where To Fire, Part 2

chapter eight
Flashing Manually
Manual Flash—A Way To Get Started
When To Use Manual Flash
Setting Power Manually On Canon Speedlites
My Workflow: Using One Speedlite In Manual Mode

chapter Nine
E Is For Evaluative
E Is For Evaluative
Mechanics Of E-TTL
Limitations Of E-TTL
E-TTL And Camera Modes
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Exposure Lock

chapter TEN
Move Your Speedlite Off-Camera
Your Camera Is A Lousy Place To Put A Speedlite
Options For Controlling Off-Camera Speedlites
E-TTL Cords
Canon Built-In Wireless
E-TTL Radio Triggers
Sync Cords And Hotshoe Adapters
Optical Slaves And Infrared Triggers
Manual Radio Triggers

chapter Eleven
Wireless Speedliting, The Canon Way
Canon’s Built-In Wireless System
The Master: One Speedlite Has To Be In Charge
To Fire Or Not To Fire: The Master Wants To Know
The Slave: The Worker Bee Of Wireless Flash
Channels: Everyone Has To Be The Same
Groups: Assigning Specific Jobs To Specific Speedlites
Getting Rational About Ratios
A:B Ratios: Splitting Up The Load Between Two Groups
A:B C Ratios: Three-Group E-TTL
Wireless Speedliting In Manual Only
Free-Agent Wireless: Firing Speedlites In E-TTL & Manual Together
Moving Your Master Off-Camera—Way Off Camera
Radio Options For Wireless E-TTL

Chapter Twelve
Mixing Canon Speedlites With Other Lights
Third-Party Speedlights
Getting Speedlites To Play With Other Small Flash
Speedlites, Monolights, And Studio Packs
Not Getting Burned—Speedlites With Hot Lights
Managing The Glow—Speedlites With Fluorescent

Gear For Speedliting

chapter Thirteen
Go Ahead, Mod Your Speedlite
Why Mod?
Built-In Modifiers
Options For Mounting Mods
Dome Diffusers
Bounce Reflectors
Softboxes That Attach To Speedlites
Ring Light Adapters
Gobos And Flags
Random Essentials
Deciding Which Mods Are Right For You

chapter Fourteen
Those Big Modifiers Always Get In The Way
Why Mod In A Big Way
Softboxes Made For Speedlites
Converting A Studio Softbox For Speedlite Use
Beauty Dishes
Scrims And Diffusion Panels
Flags And Solids

chapter Fifteen
Get A Grip
Mounting A Speedlite Anywhere
Sometimes You Have To Take A Stand
Reaching Out: Poles, Booms, And Boom Stands
Rails And Other Multi-Lite Mounts
Staying Flexible: Bungies, Straps, And Gaff

chapter sixteen
Keeping The Energy Up
Batteries Basically
Single-Use Batteries
Rechargeable Batteries
Best AA Batteries
Battery Strategies
CP-E4 Compact Battery Pack
Charging Batteries
Carrying Batteries

Speedliting In Action

chapter Seventeen
Lighting Portraits Classically
One More Time Around The Lighting Compass
Broad Lighting
DMV Lighting
On The Nose Lighting
Butterfly/Paramount Lighting
Copy Lighting
Short Lighting
Loop Lighting
Rembrandt Lighting
Split & Hatchet Lighting
Horror Lighting

chapter Eighteen
Portraits With One Speedlite
Back To Basics, Quickly
Shoot: One Speedlite With Fill Reflector
Shoot: Reflecting On The World Of Umbrellas
Shoot: Think Of The Shutter As A Light Modifier
Shoot: Speedliting A Silhouette
Shoot: Sun As Rimlight, Gelled Speedlite As Fill
Shoot: Trying All The Ezyboxes On For Size
Shoot: Through An Umbrella Softly
Shoot: Candlelight Through A Disk Diffuser
Shoot: Gridding A Speedlite For Drama

chapter Nineteen
Portraits With Two And Three Speedlites
Opening Horizons With Multiple Speedlites
Shoot: Classic Three-Light Setup
Shoot: Clamshell Lighting, Top To Bottom
Shoot: Ring That Light With Small Hatchets
Shoot: Color Creates Mood
Shoot: Trio Of Speedlites Into A Big Silver Umbrella
Shoot: Dance With The Softbox
Shoot: Shade That Speedlite
Shoot: Mixing Speedlites With Water
Shoot: Multi-Lite, Second-Curtain Sync
Shoot: Two Heads Can Be Better Than One

chapter Twenty
Gelling For Effect
Gels Quickly
If Color Correction Is Needed, Did Something Go Wrong?
Getting Dramatic With Color
My Favorite Gels
Mounting Gels
Mixing White Balance And Gels Creatively
Shoot: Golden Hour Anytime
Shoot: The Blue World
Shoot: Coloring The Night

chapter Twenty-one
Slicing Time With High-Speed Sync
How High-Speed Sync Changed My Career
Activating High-Speed Sync
Syncing Flash Normally
High-Speed Sync Changes The Way Your Speedlite Fires
Workflow For Creating Dramatic Light With HSS
Alternatives To High-Speed Sync
Shoot: Defying Gravity In Broad Daylight
Shoot: Freezing Water On A Hot Day
Shoot: Flashing Wide Open In Full Sun
Shoot: Stray Dog And Stray Light

chapter Twenty-two
Dimming The Sun
Options For Dimming The Sun
How To Dim The Sun With A Fast Shutter
Using Zoom As A Light Modifier
Shoot: Secret Agent Tony

chapter Twenty-three
Smashing Pumpkins With Gang Light
Gang Lighting—A New Way To Light
Shoot: Smashing Pumpkins
Shoot: Lady Of The Opera
Shoot: Backyard Soccer Champion
Shoot: Flying High After Sunset
Shoot: Pushing Back Against The Desert Sun

chapter twenty-four
Speedliting Events
The Dual Roles Of Event Photography
Strategies For Lighting Events With Off-Camera Flash
Shoot: Vineyard Wedding
Shoot: Paderewski Festival
Shoot: Wheels Of Wellness
Shoot: Festival Of The Arts

chapter twenty-Five
Strobo, Strobo, Strobo
Flashing Again And Again
Single Speedlite Stroboscopic
Multi Speedlite Stroboscopic
Other Considerations For Stroboscopic
Shoot: Birdman
Shoot: Leaps Of Faith
Shoot: It’s Outta Here

Appendix One
Gang Slang For Speedliters

Appendix Two
Web Resources For Speedliters

Appendix Three
Custom Functions

Appendix Four
Six-Point Checklist For Speedliting

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Must Read April 21, 2011
I've decided to write this review in terms of what I'm getting out of this textbook. This textbook really explains how lighting equipment works, including the specifics of Canon Speedlites along with studio equipment along with specific recommendations. It answers questions like "What's flag?" or "When should I use a CTO?" For me this is great stuff, it's really taking the mystery out of lighting techniques for me. I ordered this textbook from ecampus and I'm glad to receive it in time.
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