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Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites Paperback – 19 Dec 2010
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About the Author
Syl Arena studied commercial photography at Brooks Institute and fine art photography at the University of Arizona. Over the years, Syl has shot for newspapers, magazines, and catalogs. He has been recognized for his expertise on color-critical workflow and his ability to turn noon to night by firing off a dozen Speedlites simultaneously. Syl covers the world of photography on his blogs, PixSylated.com and Speedliting.com, and he serves as the Director of the Paso Robles Workshops.
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Syl spells out a really simple 4 step process to take any photo using flash and removes the mystery around the aperture, shutter speed, ISO and flash power balancing act that you can get yourself into. Everything is explained in great detail. Then there are sections of which flashes, diffusers, umbrellas, stands, gels etc to match your budget or ambitions and some great tips on getting to results on a smaller budget. Everything he talks about is current and available on Amazon. I ended up buying the much cheaper YONGNUO 600EX-RT Speedlite + YONGNUO YN-E3-RT Flash Speedlite Transmitter for Canon instead of the genuine Canon equivalent. All of the functionality and menus seem identical.
On top of the technical and product information, he is constantly developing your eye for light placement and a better understanding of different lighting situations, including mixed lighting situations. I really see light very differently after reading the book.
Who the books is not for...If you already know that shutter speed controls your ambient light but has almost no effect on flash up to sync speed of the camera then you probably don't need the book. If you already know that the flash duration at 1/1000 shutter speed in HSS mode is LONGER than the duration in regular mode at 1/200 shutter speed than you don't need the chapter on High Speed Sync.
It's worth pointing out that this book does pre-date the introduction of the 430EX-IIIRT Speedlite. However, I have not found this to be problematic as it does post-date the introduction of Canon's RT wireless system and it gives a full analysis of how to use the 600EX-RT Speedlite and the ST-E3-RT controller (and their imitations) and I have found it to be the best guide to the RT system I have read. As a guide to using the optical wireless system this book is also peerless.
However, if you have ann understanding as to the effect being created thats not too much of a problem.
I have a fair understanding on the aspect of flash photography, most of it is going to be down to practise, trial and error.
Now, I dropped it a star because.... this book, in places, is VERY indepth, infact a lot of it is manufacturers instruaction manual type stuff. Now I know when describing different stuff the author has decided to tell you how to use it, but what a lot of wasted pages, so much info, I will never need to know.
However its a very comprehencive book, and I guess if you have the time and resources, you could come up with results like the average photographer never would.
If you need it as a reference book and generally know what your doing, the kindle version for B&W versions is probably fine, although it wasnt clear you would need a colour one. The book would be for someone who needed to know in more depth.
The best info I got from the book was about metering ambient light and then using flash to add, normally a lot of flash pics blast the ambisnt light and are over powered, you find out with this book why your flash can go down to 1/64 or 1/128 power, sometimes its all you need.
I havent finished it yet, I keep reading bits and skipping a bit and picking up what I need too.
Although its probably dedicated to canon, it is useable by anyone.