Canonistas rejoice! Professional photographer, avowed Canon user, and author of the Speedliter’s Handbook, Syl Arena has joined the ranks at KelbyTraining.com to share his vast knowledge of Canon Speedlites. In this class, Syl starts at the beginning with the basics and one flash, and then takes you through everything you need to know; from technique to gear, to master the Speedlite and take better pictures almost immediately.
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If you're just getting into Speedlites, you don't need to buy everything. Syl gives you a good list of gear to get you started.
After adjusting the exposure and aperture to get an understanding of how the camera sees the ambient light, Syl shows you how adjusting the shutter speed affects both the Speedlight and ambient light. Key point: The shutter speed controls the ambient light.
Syl goes over some different Speedlite models, gives his take on them and tells you what you can do with them in relation to your Canon camera.
Learn the various buttons and functions of 580EX2 and 430EX2 Speedlites.
Syl takes you through the mode reel on your camera to help you break out of the "green box mode" and explore how the different modes can apply when adding Speedlites.
Speedlites have the color temperature of a noon-day sun. Learn how to affect the color temp with gels and white balance.
In order to create interesting light, you need to create interesting shadows. Take things up a notch with an ETTL cord and some basic gear for off-camera flash and better, more dramatic shadows.
Syl goes over the settings for ETTL mode on your Speedlite and your camera - Good for when your subject-to-flash distance constantly changes.
Syl goes over the settings for Manual mode on your Speedlite and your camera - Good for when your subject-to-flash distance doesn't change.
A neat demo to show you how to time when your flash fires under low light situations.
Not quite technically the right name for the technique but that's what everyone calls it.
Syl shows you how to use a Speedlite in bright light for a fill-flash look with the high-speed synch.
This is what makes Syl the amazing instructor he is. He's even tested various batteries to let you know what works best!
Syl Arena has wandered the world of photography for over four decades. Shortly after Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, Syl "borrowed" his father's newfangled Polaroid camera, climbed a tree,…