Join Levi Sim for an in-depth discussion in this video Why use a Speedlite over a built-in flash?, part of Flash Photography: Canon Speedlites.
- You may wonder why you need a speed light,…and if you're like me, your spouse certainly wonders…why you need to spend more money…when your fancy camera has a flash built right in.…And this little pop-up flash is certainly handy,…and in a pinch it's really nice to have.…However, the light coming from this…little tool is severely limited.…It's very small, which means a hard and shiny light…on your subjects is what you'll get,…and that's usually not very flattering.…It's also not very powerful, and really won't do much good…on anything more than a few meters away from the camera.…
Plus, it draws down your camera's battery to make the light,…so if you use it at full power very much, you'll run out…of battery power on the camera pretty quickly.…Also, the light from the pop-up flash is coming…directly from the camera, which means it casts shadows…away from the camera and eliminates the shadows…that actually reveal the true form of a person.…You've probably seen pictures made with the pop-up…flash where people's chins appear to connect directly…
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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