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Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

    If you shoot Canon flash you need this book!

    I'm digging into Syl Arena's book on Canon Speedlite's and it is great. If you are a Canonista you want this book!

    It's specific to Canon flashes and cameras, but also covers lighting in general. It starts by covering how light interacts with the thing you are taking a picture of, and how it effects the image you end up with. A big takeaway is that the shadow parts of your picture are just as important as the light parts.

    The book really explains how lighting equipment works, including the specifics of Canon Speedlites along with studio equipment along with specific recommendations. It answers questions like "What's flag?" or "When should I use a CTO?" For me this is great stuff, it's really taking the mystery out of lighting techniques for me.

    Then the book has a ton of example images, each with a description of how the lighting was setup for the image and why the lighting was setup that way. It also shows what happens to the image when you setup the lighting the wrong way. It covers everything from "How do a make a portrait with one Speedlite." to "What do a do when the sun is in front of me." My plan is to use these as a lesson plan to practice using my Speedlites, and I sure can use the practice.

    Love the overall organization. Each chapter starts with a quick overview of what the chapter contains. Hints a sprinkled thoughout the book.

    Super book that covers everything from the aesthetics of lighting to how to use a guide number. Highly recommended.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

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    Must read for speedliters!

    This book is like the Bible for speedliters. (Off camera speedliters anyways) It starts off very technical, explaining the mystical ways that the Canon ettl and wireless systems work, and other geeky but vital concepts to effective speedliting. Them it moves through modifiers, accessories, gels, techniques... and it gives opinions on various products available. Easily one of the best and most informative reads on flash photography... especially if you're a Canon shooter. The section that explains speedlite functions is better than the manual from Canon! Highly recommended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2014

    If you own a speedlight you need to read this book

    This is the real book you need to apply your speedlight in real life settings. For those of us that are not going to buy studio strobes and want to do everything with speedlights, Syl tells it like it is. Be forewarned once the author is done with the basics, he uses more than one speedlight and introduces you to lots of helpful hardware (but you did not get into photography because it was cheap).

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    best Speedlite book out there!

    Well written and comprehensive - this book is worth every penny
    Covers everything from basic photography like fstops and depth of field to which kind of battery to buy - would highly recommend!

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