Join Levi Sim for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the ready light, part of Flash Photography: Canon Speedlites.
- One more thing I want to show you…on the back of the flash is the ready light.…It's really useful because…it communicates some things for us.…First of all, if it's not on,…that means that the flash hasn't reacharged yet,…and it may not even fire when you press the shutter button,…but if it does, it probably won't be…as bright as you need it to be.…Second, if the light is green,…that means that it's able to fire,…but it won't be full power yet.…You might get either of these situations…if you're shooting very quickly,…taking a lot of pictures in a row,…and also when your batteries are getting low,…then it will take a lot longer for the flash to recycle.…
Lastly, when it's red, you're ready to roll.…You get full power out of the flash at the settings…you've chosen when you press the shutter button.…It's also useful as a test fire button.…You can press it and make sure the flash is working.…
You'll also find out how to set up your Canon camera itself to make the most of the speedlight—one of the most liberating photography tools you can buy. Levi Sim helps you master the controls, including the camera and flash modes, flash modifiers, and accessories, and creative options offered by a speedlight: soft light, hard light, and bounced light. By the end of this course, you'll be able to make great light in any situation with your speedlight. If you don't have one yet, you'll understand just what model is best for your needs and what features you'll use the most.
- Why use a speedlight?
- Powering a speedlight
- Choosing the right camera mode
- Choosing the right flash modes
- Using flash modifiers
- Creating soft and hard light
- Accessing Commander mode
- Positioning the flash off camera
- Using an iTTL extension cord
- Extending battery life
- Controlling ambient light
- Using speedlights with third-party radio triggers
Skill Level Intermediate
1. An Overview of Speedlites
2. Quick Start
Speedlite menus and controls4m 40s
3. Taking Control of a Speedlite
4. Controlling and Shaping the Light
5. The Camera as Commander
6. Using Off-Camera Flash
7. Shooting with Speedlites and Workflow Tips
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