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  • A T H E N S P H O T O G R A P H Y G U I L D - J U N E 2 0 1 6

    B Y W A D E S H E L D O N

    CANON OFF-CAMERA FLASH

  • WHY OFF-CAMERA FLASH?

    On-camera flash useful for fill, but unnatural when main light

    Snapshot look

    Flat/featureless light

    Hard shadows

    Reflections, red-eye

    Light fall-off with over-bright foreground, dark background

    Bounce/tilt and diffusers help, but limited flexibility

    Off-camera flash lets you control direction and quality of light

    Easier to use modifiers

    Syl Arena (Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to

    Craft Light with Canon Speedlites)

  • OFF-CAMERA FLASH OPTIONS

    Wired flash cords

    Wireless flash

    Non-dedicated triggers

    Dedicated transceivers

    Dedicated controllers

    Built-in flash controller

    Accessory flash with controller

    Accessory controller (without flash)

    Combinations

    Wired connection to transmitter plus wireless receivers

  • WIRED FLASH CORDS

    Benefits

    Easy to use

    Dedicated models work like

    attached flash

    Cheap ($15-$45 3rd party)

    Various lengths (3-33)

    Downsides

    Camera brand-specific

    Limited distance from camera

    Clumsy (tripping/knocking over)

    Best uses

    Flash brackets

    Studio (softboxes/umbrellas) Vello OCS-C33

    (image: www.amazon.com)

  • WIRELESS TRIGGERS

    Transmitter on camera, receiver on flash

    Benefits Generic - not brand specific

    CHEAP! (

  • WIRELESS TRANSCEIVERS

    Transceiver on camera, transceiver on flash

    Benefits

    Dedicated flash communication

    with camera (auto/manual)

    Work like wireless cord

    Affordable (

  • BUILT-IN WIRELESS CONTROLLERS

    Controller on camera (master)

    Receiver on flash (slave)

    Benefits

    Dedicated flash communication

    with camera (auto/manual)

    Works like wireless cord

    Control with camera menus

    Multiple flashes, groups

    FREE (2007+ models with popup flash)

    Downsides (Canon)

    Need 90EX flash for 5D, 6D, 1D series

    Optical wireless (LOS limits placement)

    Limited range (~30)

    Canon Pop-up Flash

    (image: www.imaging-resource.com)

  • ACCESSORY WIRELESS CONTROLLERS

    Master flash or dedicated controller unit

    Receiver on flash (slave)

    Benefits Dedicated flash communication

    with camera (auto/manual)

    Settings from master flash or

    controller AND camera menus

    Multiple independent flashes,

    groups

    Optical and Radio options

    Long distance radio (~100)

    Downsides Line-of-sight (optical wireless)

    Expensive ($200+ for controller)

    Complex (lots of options)

    Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT and ST-E3-RT

    (http://www.bhphotovideo.com)

  • CANON FLASH SYSTEM

    90EX (optical

    controller) 270EX II (optical receiver)

    320EX (optical receiver)

    430EX II

    (optical receiver), 430EX III-RT

    (optical+radio controller/receiver)

    600EX-RT, 600EX II-RT (optical+radio

    controller/receiver)

    ST-E3-RT (radio controller only)

    (Note: Yongnuo has cheaper knock-offs)

  • CANON FLASH AND TRIGGERS

    90EX/270EX/320EX lack manual on-flash settings

    Need 430EX/600EX for

    non-dedicated triggers

    Can use older models

    with manual controls

    (very cheap used!)

    420EX, 430EX I

    580 EX, 580 EX II

    Can use cheaper Canon knock-offs (Yongnuo)

    430EX II (optical receiver),

    430EX III-RT (optical+radio

    controller/receiver)

    600EX-RT (optical+radio

    controller/receiver)

  • ON-FLASH MENU

    430EX II 600EX-RT

  • ON-CAMERA FLASH MENU

    Cameras WITH flash transmitter

    (7D, 60D, 70D, 80D, Rebels)

    Cameras WITHOUT flash transmitter

    (5D, 6D, 1D)

    (Syl Arenas Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites (2nd Edition))

  • ON-CAMERA FLASH MENU

    External Flash Menu Changes with Flash Mode

    Varies a little by camera & flash model (RTM)

    (Syl Arenas Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites (2nd Edition))

  • ON-FLASH MENU GROUP MODE

    Group Mode (Gr) ideal for multiple speedlite setups

    Assign each flash to a group (A-F; set in flash menu)

    Can control flash mode and power independently

    Can turn individual flashes on/off

    Can change settings from controller/master or camera menus

    Great for setting levels of each flash one at a time in M mode

    600EX-RT / ST-E3-RT

  • GETTING STARTED

    Start simple and cheap

    Use built-in wireless (or cheap transceiver pair)

    Start with 1 flash with manual controls

    (buy used/older model or borrow to save $$)

    Buy/borrow an inexpensive flash stand umbrella kit

    Add a 5-in-1 reflector or foamcore board to

    bounce light for fill

    Watch online tutorials or buy a book and

    try out the basic lessons with your set up

    Practice shooting in M mode and using FEC

    Experiment with umbrella (shoot-through, bounce, positioning, feathering)

    Add additional speedlites, modifiers as you

    advance (and need them) Westcott 43" Umbrella Flash Kit

    ($72 at www.bhphotovideo.com)

  • LEARNING RESOURCES

    Camera and speedlite manuals!

    Canon Digital Learning Center Quickguides http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2011/quick_guides.shtml

    Strobist Lighting 101 http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html

    Syl Arena tutorials and books Website: http://pixsylated.com/blog/

    Books:

    Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites (2nd Edition, 2016)

    Lighting for Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots (2013)

    Youtube:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5byuHJ9uBns

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gmgN8l7UFg

    YouTube tutorials

  • USES - PORTRAITS

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