Canon Speedlite Crash Course (580 EX II/430 EX II)
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Award winning instructor and professional wedding photographer Michael Andrew tackles one of the most challenging aspects of photography, Speedlite Flash Systems. In this limited edition Crash Course, Michael breaks down the Canon 580 & 430 EX II Speedlites in easy to understand concepts and lessons that will have you using your flash like a pro in just a few hours! Even advanced Flash users will benefit greatly from the concepts and techniques outlined. First Michael gives you a Crash Course on Lighting, the Physics of Light and the Mechanics of Cameras. Next, he shows us how to use the Speedlite in different situations and how to manipulate it, as well as your camera settings to get the results you've always wanted. Finally, in "Putting it all Together" Michael demonstrates a combination of the techniques and variables used according to the situation. If you own a Canon 580 or 430 (EX or EXII) Speedlite and are looking to improve your photographic skills or aren’t exactly sure how everything works…. this is the DVD for you! Run time is approximately 3 Hours and 30 minutes. Included Lessons- Michael's Lighting Crash Course!: Introduction Long Exposure Shooting Artificial Light Variables Changing Flash Power Fill Flash with Backlight Bounce Flash F Stop Increments Inverse Law of Light Bracketing To Point or Not to Point 4 Way Light Crash Course ETTL, TTL and Manual Flash Light Modifiers 1st and 2nd Curtains Clipped Exposures High Speed Sync Concepts Slow Sync 1st and 2nd Curtain Flash Flash Event Sequence Modes & Flash Michael's Mode Recommendations Clipped Exposures The 3 Rules Canon Speedlite Specific Lessons Set Up Quick LCD Review 580 vs 430 Speedlite Buttons 580 Custom Function Set Ups 430 Custom Function Set Ups ISO Exposure Compensation Manual External Metering Basic Wireless Setups ST-E2 Set Ups Pocket Wizard Set Ups Advanced Wireless Settings Slow Sync with One Speedlite Changing Variables And much, much more!!
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After purchasing the 580 Ex II and reading the Canon manual, I decided that the Canon Manual was really lacking especially for a beginner. I decided to try the Crash Course based on reviews found on the internet. Spending the few hours viewing the dvd really saved me a lot time. (I would have spent many more hours reading additional books, and looking up" how to use the flash", information on the web). The course is presented in an informal style and was very easy to follow.
Michael has very strong teaching skills (and trust me, I do know what I am talking about!). He makes relevant comparisons that helps one understand the concepts quickly. If you watch this video and pay attention to the lessons, you will have full control on your camera in a quite short while. The DVD has an awesome menu that allows you to quickly reach the lesson you need (to remind you how to set that custom function for instance). That alone makes the DVD worth it.
Michael also goes on to help a beginner to improve his/her skills and to get technically better shots. Do remember that this DVD is aimed at beginners, so that advanced techniques wouldn't fit here. The lessons are down-to-earth, informal but straight-to-the-point information on your equipment, with some suggestions on settings that may suit someone's needs.
Some of the sequences in the DVD were recorded for dual purpose: use in the DVD as well as to be posted as a sample in youtube. Such approach leads the DVD to have quite a bit of introductions - Hi, I am Michael Andrew, etc. - but it delivers precious information chapter after chapter. Do not let that turn you away from the awesome information contained in the DVD. More recent DVDs from Michael have fixed this minor issue. I do not hesitate to recommend his videos/DVDs to whoever wishes to have full control over the equipment without having to parse the user manuals. The time it'll save you makes it a worthy investment.
Knowing the DVD content, if I were to decide today whether or not I should buy this DVD, I would not hesitate to acquire them all over again.
Keep up the great work!
Keep them coming Mike you have a fan here.