Join Levi Sim for an in-depth discussion in this video Which Speedlites are covered and their differences, part of Flash Photography: Canon Speedlites.
- There are dozens of speed lights available today. In this course, I'm going to show you how to use the most popular and powerful Canon speed lights. There's another course for Nikons, so head over there if you're a Nikon shooter. While I'm not covering all the models, I think you'll find the others similar enough that this course will get you started, and the camera techniques and settings will apply to all models. We'll discuss Canon's 600EX-RT, the 430EX III, and the 430EX III-RT, the 580EX II, the 430EX II, and the ST-E3 RT, and the ST-E2 command modules.
All these speed lights are great. They make terrific light, and they make our work easier. They have similar features like wide angle diffusers, and bounce cards that are built right in. Some of them come with gels for altering the color of light and most of them also come with a dome diffuser that fits over the top. Some of the models are slaves only when used off the camera some of them can only be used on the camera, and then others can be used as a master, as a commander to control various other speed lights that are not at the camera position, and this is a really cool tool.
The greatest difference between the newest models is that they not only have optical wireless capabilities, but they also have radio transceivers built in so they function even beyond the limits of line of sight communication. That's the 600EX III-RT and the 430EX III-RT. That RT stands for radio transmitter or radio transceiver. The 600EX is the most powerful of the flashes. You can see that just compared to smaller models like the 430, it is larger, it puts out more light, and it's also capable of zooming in tighter and throwing light a farther distance than most of the other models.
The 580EX II is also very powerful. I know that's a lot of numbers and a lot of different models The fact is, they all work really well with your Canon camera, and you're going to enjoy using any of these models to make great light anytime, anyplace.
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