Nope. But I guess that’s why they call it “flash”. But I understand how to use it a lot better now =)
Roughly a month ago I had a chance to go to Canon’s EOS Speedlite Workshop with Bob Davis. First of all, I have to say Bob is really a great teacher. I fired off a bunch of questions that day and he very graciously answered all of them. He’s got a workshop coming up and from my single day experience with him at the Canon workshop, I can only imagine what a blast his own two day workshop will be!
I’m a bit surprised that I actually don’t have too many photos to share, but here they are!
It’s a weird feeling being surrounded by others who also understand all the technical jargon and equipment.. This is one of the first photography workshops I’ve been to so I’m not used to that yet.
The next two photos I snapped with a single Speedlite through a softbox. Nice, soft, even light even in indoor lighting conditions.
The next two are macro ring shots:
The side light really brings out the texture in the flat scene.
To the photogs out there
Going in, I think I had a pretty solid technical grasp of the Canon Speedlite system, but I definitely picked up a lot of hard won tips and a lot of confirmed hunches. I’ll rattle off a few:
- Canon’s Custom WB (where you set the WB to a white wall) seems to go too cool for flesh tones
- Adobe’s default handling of Canon’s RAW color profiles seems to mess up the yellow/orange colors
- Usually dial in a Flash EC of +1/3 to +2/3. Otherwise the scene tends to come out underexposed
Probably the biggest thing walking out is getting a solid knowledge and experience on how to use my Canon 580EX I & II’s. I just wish they had a better interface than that darned LCD and convoluted sequence of buttons!! The ST-E2 is a big step up but c’mon Canon, no ‘C’ group? No manual control? Seriously?
That’s all! A quickie post -thanks for visiting!