Speedlights & Speedlites: Creative Flash Photography at the Speed of Light

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Overview

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.

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"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240812076
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/25/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 949,383
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet 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).
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).

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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

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

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    A Must Read for Photographers

    If you are a photographer and have not learned the basics of lighting and the advantages of FLASHES i.e. Speedlights:Speedlites then this book should be your next purchase. Clear information and great examples on how to use the FLASH correctly. Easy to understand if you have basic lighting knowledge, also if you are a videographer then this book works as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2009

    Lou Jones & small strobes rock!

    If you want to learn about small strobes, and if you are a "visual" learner, then this is the book for you.

    "Speedlights & Speedlites" has some very cool features, first there are only two chapters in the book, chapter one is "One Light" (25 one light setups) and chapter two is (you may have already guessed) "Two Lights" (20 two light setups), each image is accompanied with the "inspiration, how's, and whys" of the shot and a complete lighting diagram.

    To make it as simple as possible to follow along the book is even color coded (Nikon - purple, Canon - green) so you can quickly and easily determine if the discussion is about a Nikon Speedlight or a Canon Speedlite.

    Sandwiched in between each of the images are one and two page educational segments that start with the fundamentals of flash, inverse square law, mastering distance, characteristics of light, comprehending the direction of bounce flash, and so much more.

    The authors also cover mixing speedlights with studio strobes.

    This book is for all levels of photographers and the images cover just about anything you might ever want to photograph, still life, portraiture, corporate, commercial, architectural, and sports.

    We learn to talk by listening to others, we learn to walk by watching others, and "Speedlights & Speedlites" is a great educational opportunity for those who want to "walk & talk" small strobes.

    You can check out the complete review and sample pages on WeeklyPhotoTips.com.

    Scott
    WeeklyPhotoTips.com

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