Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Connecting to a hot-shoe flash, part of Learning the Canon 6D.
Many photographers think that a flash is really for only shooting in the dark. But, there's also lots of times when flash comes in handy, even in a bright light situation. You can use a flash to even out the lighting on the subject's face or to avoid harsh shadows. Now, the 6D does not have a built-in flash. So, you'll need to purchase an optional speedlight to use with the camera. With this, when successfully connected, you can actually make controlling adjustments from the camera that modify the flash. Let's start by getting things hooked up.
Take the flash and make sure that it's powered off. On the back here as well, there's a release lever to open up the hot shoe connection. Take that, line up the connection, and slide it in. It should slide quite easily, as long as it's unlocked. Once you've pushed that in all the way, simply flip the lock switch so it becomes attached. Now, this is firmly attached, but you're not going to want to carry the camera by this or put any stress down here. Once it's connected, you can power up the speedlight.
Now, if everything's connected correctly, we should see that things are actually communicating. When I take a picture, it could potentially fire things on the flash. But in order to do this, we need to make sure that the camera is controlling the flash. So I'll go into the menu, press the Menu button, and go to the second record tab. And you'll see here, External Speedlight control. Push the Set button and make sure that flash firing is enabled. So select Flash firing. Press the Set button, and choose Enable.
You'll now see lots of other options here. So, for example, you could change the evaluating or averaging value for the metering. You can actually adjust some of the sync speed here for the flash, as well as take a look at other flash functions. Do you want to do a multiple flash for stroboscopic work? Are you looking for wireless control for studio units? Once that's successfully connected, you'll notice here that when I take a picture, the flash fires. And this works very well.
It's a great two-piece combination, a flash and camera, working together. To learn more about flash photography, be sure to check out Ben Long's course here on Lynda.com, called Foundations of Photography Flash, to really explore how to use a flash with your DSLR camera.
- Taking shots in Auto mode
- Using special scene modes
- Changing image format and size
- Changing ISO
- Adjusting exposure compensation in Program Exposure mode
- Focusing manually or with autofocus
- Changing the shutter release mode
- Adjusting exposure in the 6D
- Shooting video