Join Levi Sim for an in-depth discussion in this video When to use Manual mode and how to control it, part of Flash Photography: Canon Speedlites.
Manual mode is ideal anytime…the exposure doesn't need to change.…If you're not walking around…going from sunlight to shade to backlight…or getting closer and farther from your subjects…as you might during a wedding dance or something,…then manual mode is really the way to go.…I use it on speedlights to make a studio environment…anywhere I am.…As long as the distance from my light to my subject…isn't changing, then manual mode rocks.…You can put your subject in a place,…put the light on a stand,…and create beautiful portraits.…
Move the camera all over the place.…Reposition your subject in the same area.…I can include the sky or the dark road.…My subjects can change clothes.…They can go from the wedding dress…to a dark gown and it doesn't matter.…As long as the distance…from the light to the subject doesn't change,…then the power output doesn't need to change either.…When I do need to change the output,…I can do it right here from the camera position…using the menu controls in the camera…or the commander unit.…
Another reason I like to use manual mode…
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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