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Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites, 2nd Edition

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Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites, 2nd Edition


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  • Copyright 2016
  • Edition: 2nd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-400791-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-400791-5

For those new to flash photography—or for anyone who has previously given up out of frustration—Speedliter’s Handbook, Second Edition, is a revelation. Follow along as photographer Syl Arena takes you on a journey that begins with an exploration of light and color, moves through a comprehensive discussion of the Canon Speedlite family and all of the accessories and equipment available to the Speedliter, and finally, explores crafting great light in one photo shoot after another. Whether you want to make a classic portrait, photograph a group, capture an important event, or create dramatic color effects in your images, Speedliter’s Handbook shows you how.

In this fully updated second edition, Syl includes all of the newest Canon gear—including the radio-enabled 600EX-RT Speedlite and ST-E3 Transmitter—to ensure that you are completely up to date on all of the components in the Speedlite system. He also includes a downloadable online supplement on the brand-new 430EX III-RT Speedlite. Plus, he covers his newest best practices and workflows so you can make the most of your Canon gear.

In this new edition, you’ll learn how to:

  • see the various properties of light itself, as well as the differences between how your camera sees versus how you see
  • use all the buttons and dials of the entire Canon Speedlite family—from the flagship 600EX-RT and the new 430EX III-RT to vintage models like the 550EX
  • understand the basics of on-camera flash . . . and the benefits of getting your Speedlite off the camera
  • beautifully balance flash with the existing ambient light
  • get amazing shots with just one Speedlite, all the way up to a dozen Speedlites
  • use the right Speedlite mode for the job: E-TTL, Manual, Multi, and more
  • use color gels to balance color, as well as create dramatic effects
  • tame the sun—or any really bright light—with high-speed sync
  • use Speedlites when photographing groups and events
  • choose your camera’s exposure settings to capture the shot that you truly want
  • and much, much more

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapter

Portraits With One Speedlite

Sample Pages

Download Chapter Nineteen: Portraits With One Speedlite

Table of Contents

0. Quick Start Guide to Speedliting

Part 1: Before Speedlites, There Was Light
1. Learn to See Light
2. Exposure Exposed
3. Mechanics of Light
4. Manage the Ambient Light
5. Position Is Relative

Part 2: Speedlites Fundamentally
6. Meet the Speedlites
7. Control Your Speedlite
8. Flashing Manually
9. E Is for Evaluative
10. Specialty Flash Modes

Part 3: Off-Camera Speedliting
11. Triggers for Off-Camera Flash
12. Optical Wireless, the Canon Way
13. Radio Speedliting: Canon’s New Frontier

Part 4: Gear for Speedliting
14. Go Ahead, Mod Your Speedlite
15. Those Big Modifiers Always Get in the Way
16. Get a Grip
17. Keeping the Energy Up

Part 5: Speediting in Action
18. Getting the Most from On-Camera Flash
19. Portraits with One Speedlite
20. Portraits with Multiple Speedlites
21. Gelling for Effect
22. Slicing Time with High-Speed Sync
23. Gang Lighting

Part 6: Appendixes
1. Menus–600EX-RT / ST-E3-RT Radio Wireless
2. Menus–600EX-RT Optical Wireless
3. Menus–600EX-RT Non-Wireless
4. Custom and Personal Functions

Online Supplement: 430EX III-RT Speedlite


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