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Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites Kindle Edition
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1. short for 'Sylvester'
2. rhymes with 'Bill', 'Phil' and 'Will'
3. not pronounced 'Sile' or 'Sly'
Shortly after Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, Syl Arena "borrowed" his father's newfangled Polaroid camera, climbed a tree, and made his first photograph. Syl was in the third grade. He has wandered the world of photography ever since.
In college, Syl studied commercial photography at Brooks Institute and fine art photography at the University of Arizona (BFA, 1984). Among his more noteworthy accomplishments in school was the construction of a pinhole camera that used 20" x 24" litho film. True to his eclectic style, Syl then printed these giant negatives as cyanotypes, carbon prints, and screen prints--a early indication of Syl's willingness to explore the boundaries of photography.
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.
Widely known for his teaching ability, Syl is the author of the bestselling Speedliter's Handbook, and he has taught lighting and photography at Maine Media Workshops, Santa Fe Photo Workshops, and Dubai's Gulf Photo Plus. Syl covers the world of photography on his blog, PixSylated.com.
Top Customer Reviews
If you've just bought your first speedlite, then this book will walk you through everything you need to know to get it off the camera *and* keep the wonderful ETTL functionality that so many people misunderstand or seem to dismiss as gimmicky.
If, like me, you've got a couple of speedlites and had already got them off the camera, then there is *still* material in here that will help you up your game and expand what you are able to make these wonderful little lighting gadgets do. My biggest revelation in off camera ETTL speedliting? Buy a long ETTL cable :) Syl turned me onto what can be achieved if I get my master speedlite off the camera, on a cable so I can trigger my slave anywhere, including behind my model. So simple, yet I never thought of it.
There are tons of full color photos in the book that cover every topic covered in writing, making it perfect for us visual learners.
Did I mention, it's Canon specific? So little has been written for us ... all those "brand independent" books I've read and purchased in the past still assume only Nikon is able to handle off camera flash work, never really giving Canon their due. Finally, something I can simply follow along with the buttons on my own system and understand the same terminology.
Simply - *the* book to buy if you want to get better at what we do in the Canon world.
Until now, the only things I could find were a few online tutorials and a very good book by NK Guy. Although that book is excellent, this one is better (buy this one first, but if you can afford it, get both.)
Top Ten benefits (for me) of this book.
1. Great explanations of using light. By that I mean to create shadows and give definition. On the opening pages there's a picture of a white square against a black background. Next to it we can see that the square was simply a sheet of copy paper. We can see that because the author crumpled and then straightened it, giving it texture that the light could use to create those shadows and make it obvious. In two pictures and two paragraphs, the author said more about using light than hundreds of others tried to do elsewhere.
2. Great explanations on how to manipulate the buttons on the Canon flashes to make them do what you want. [Note: some of that is quite tricky, such as the need to hold a button down for 2 seconds in order to get into a specific configuration mode].
3. Great tips, such as telling you that if the flash modifiers are not 100% secured into the flash head, the controls won't work.
4. Excellent step by step instructions through the menus on both the flash units and the camera bodies.
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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.
Super book that covers everything from the aesthetics of lighting to how to use a guide number. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book for my boyfriend and he really like it. I like the paper and pictures. It's a book that attracts you to read.Published 4 hours ago by Amazon Customer
If you want to learn how to make the most of your speedlites, this guide is a really amazing document.Published 2 days ago by William Wolffe
If you are inexperienced with Canon flashes, this is a great introductory book to get you accustomed to new lighting ideas and for controls. Read morePublished 29 days ago by D Photo
I found this book review as "the bible" of speedlights so I decided to get it. Past cameras had a built in flash but now that I've been using a Canon 6d and Speedlight... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I wish I had known about this publication years ago. It is in my opinion, far and away the best reference book for anyone interested in understanding and applying flash... Read morePublished 4 months ago by M.A.Greenleaf
OK, if you want to learn about Canon speedlights, this is the book to get. Syl Arena knows what he's talking about and it comes across with detail. Read morePublished 4 months ago by HobbyHubby
OK. So you're feeling pretty good about your ability to use your new Canon camera. You shoot in the creative zones, change white balance and ISO settings with ease. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Elsey
Syl has done a great job explaining how the Speedlite works. I'm not a pro but do have some knowledge of photography and how things work, but Syl makes you think using the Flash... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mark Johnson
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