Synopses & Reviews
Canon Speedlites and Nikon Speedlights are small, off-camera flashguns that can provide big results - if you know how to use them properly. Acclaimed Boston photographers Lou Jones, Bob Keenan and Steve Ostrowski guide you through the technical and creative aspects of how to get the most out of these powerful tools in this indispensable guide, packed full of inspirational images and comprehensive diagrams of the lighting set ups used to capture them.
They are significantly more advanced, lighter and considerably cheaper than a standard flashgun, and have many advantages. They are small (and cheap) enough that a number can be carried in your kit, and they can be used in combination, triggered wirelessly. They use through-the-lens (TTL) metering, which allows you to use the in-camera LCD and histograms to calculate the required power/direction, rather than havng to use a light meter or trial and error. They use proprietary, dedicated technology (from Canon and Nikon) that means there are no compatability issues.
Getting the most out of them, however, remains a mystery - most photographers still just use their speedlights in the same way as a standard flash gun. This is where this book comes in.
*Expand your creative potential by mastering your external flashgun
*Full of Professional, Inspirational images with full lighting diagrams to show you how they were taken
*Covers all of the best-selling Canon Speedlites and Nikon Speedlights
"this could be considered the cutting edge of lighting, and as speedlights are affordable and portable and capable, pushing the capabilities and indeed understanding them is very much on the mind of many serious digital photographers" Simon Gurney, Photographer
Every photographer taking pictures today has seen the dramatic revolution in photography from film to digital. There is now an equally dramatic evolution in lighting - from flash to Speedlight. While they may look, feel and work like traditional portable flashes, Speedlights are the most significant technological advance in the history of lighting.
Yet they so closely resemble their traditional portable flash "cousins" that most photographers continue to use them like old fashioned flashes, failing to get the most out of one of the most powerful weapons in the modern photographer’s arsenal. This book will change the way you use your flash forever.
Professional photographers Lou Jones, Bob Keenan and Steve Ostrowski guide you through the technical and creative aspects of how to get the most out of these most versatile of tools in this indispensable guide, packed full of their own inspirational images and comprehensive diagrams of the lighting setups they used to capture them.
Get the most out of your off-camera flash with this comprehensive guide
About the Author
Lou Jones is one of Boston's most diverse commercial & art photographers. This prolific, award-winning photographer specializes in photo illustration & location photography for corporate, advertising & collateral projects. His client list is as impressive as are his photographs -- IBM, FED EX, American Express, Oldsmobile, AETNA, Museum of Fine Arts, Fortune Magazine, US News & World Report & National Geographic. Jones' assignments have taken him to Europe, Central & South America, Africa, Japan & 46 of the 50 states. Assignments have placed Jones on location at NASA, Boeing, Universal Studios, British Telecom (England) & Saab (Sweden).Bob Keenan is a Boston-area photographer. A retired Electrical Engineer, Bob spent his career designing and developing Radio Frequency communications equipment, so working with the wireless speedlights and the concept of light pulses is a natural fit. Bob is a graduate of the Boston University's Center for Digital Imaging’s Photography ProgramStephen Ostrowski is an award winning photographer with over thirty years experience in Commercial, Editorial, Annual Report, Fashion, Portrait, and Event photography. He has worked with small flash as a studio and location lighting tool since 1977. He is currently an instructor at The New England School of Photography in Boston, MA; teaching Editorial Photography as a major course of study, digital camera techniques, and specializing in teaching lighting with Wireless TTL Flash.
Stephen Ostrowski is an award winning photographer with over thirty years experience in Commercial, Editorial, Annual Report, Fashion, Portrait, and Event photography.
Table of Contents
Ten Tenets of TTL Speedlights; Introduction; One Light; Electronic flash: Definition; Speedlight/Speedlite: Definition; Fundamentals of Electronic Flash; Guide Numbers; Comprehending Flash Exposure; TTL Electronic Flash: Definition; TTL Exposure System; Speedlight Components; Mastering Distance: Near and Far; Main Light and Fill Light; Characteristics of Light: Analysis and Decisions; Mixing TTL Flash with Available Light: Quantities of Light; Balancing TTL Flash and Available Light: Colors of Light; Bounce Flash: Direction and Quality of Light; Two Lights; Postproduction; Wireless; Canon; Nikon; Wireless Manual Flash; Flash Brackets; What causes Red Eye; Accessories; Filters/Gels; Summary