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Understanding the Canon Speedlite 580EX II/430EX II

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  • Teaches you how to make the Canon Speedlite your most powerful camera accessory
  • For all users of Canon Speedlites, amateur and professional
  • Illustrates and explains how the Speedlite's controls work, step by step
  • Contains copious real-world examples, indoors and out
  • Features Tim Mantoani, professional photographer of celebrities, sports figures, fashion, and products
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Style: Canon 580EX II/430EX II

Product Description

Understanding the Canon Speedlite 580EX II/430EX II

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Understanding the Canon Speedlite 580EX II / 430EX II Training DVD
Your new EX II Speedlite from Canon can be the most powerful accessory in your camera bag! Understanding how the Speedlite controls work is important and this DVD takes you step-by-step through its operations.
 
Your host, Tim Mantoani, demonstrates these fabulous flash units in a series of real world examples. Whether you use one Speedlite or a hundred, Tim’s approach will help you create the best photograph possible.

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Discover the settings that have the most impact on your shooting

Topics include:
  • Flash exposure compensation
  • The flash as key or fill light
  • FP or high speed sync operation
  • Slow sync demystified
  • Controlling hard or soft light
  • Auto and manual zoom control
  • Flash bracketing
  • Flash exposure lock
  • Controlling flash from the camera
  • Manual mode and exposure compensation
  • Wireless operation
  • A:B and C groups: why and how
  • Group ratios
  • Getting the flash off the camera
  • First and second curtain sync
  • Stroboscopic mode
  • And much more!
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Learn how to integrate flash photography into your image-making arsenal
This DVD picks up where the manual leaves off, helping you to integrate flash photography into your image-making arsenal.
 
Tim Mantoani has been a professional photographer for over twenty years. Shooting everything from professional athletes and celebrities to fashion and products, his work has appeared in numerous national ad campaigns and magazines.


Format:  NTSC video, All Regions
Running time: 65 minutes



Product Information

Style:Canon 580EX II/430EX II
Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
Item Weight 2.9 ounces
Shipping Weight 2.9 ounces
ASIN B0024JPE2E
Item model number zBC203
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3.0 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #15,853 in Camera & Photo
Date first available at Amazon.com April 3, 2009

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Style Name: Canon 580EX II/430EX II Verified Purchase
I agree w/another reviewer, the title is misleading. 98% of the time they are using additional equipment, light stands, multiple flashes, reflectors, filters, etc. while in a studio setting. It was a helpful DVD on lighting but didn't teach me much about my flash and how to properly use it by itself and in various conditions. Its basically, "heres a model in our studio. Ok, now shes on a beach but we still have our reflectors. Heres some still life back in the studio." The first 20min is a lighting primer before blowing through the flash's buttons w/o a thorough explanation on each one. They went through certain things far too quickly and spent more time than necessary on other subjects. For example, I didn't need to see multiple times how to change a setting through the camera's menu or on the flash itself. They do give demos but they weren't sufficient enough for me and the flash was never used stand-alone other than to show you that it gives horrible pictures by itself. If this DVD taught me one thing, its that I need to buy more equipment.

A more accurate title would have been "Using your Canon flash in a studio setting" or "Unlocking your flash's potential" because obviously to get into lighting and really take advantage of the versatility of a Speedlight, you must buy additional equipment and take the flash off the camera. The flash is just one of the tools they use to get the pictures they want and it happens to be a Canon 430/580EX. You would not let your friend borrow your flash one day and hand them this DVD along with it, thinking it will teach them how to use it because it won't. They'll just sit there thinking, "oh, thats nice but I don't have any of those things..." and "hey, could you slow down when you go over the controls, what they do and how I should use them?
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This DVD is not good. The major step by step example they have in this DVD are inside of the studio WITH a lot of special equipment that regular household WON'T have. They do NOT teach you how to use the flash in regular daily using bases. The concept they teach is SIMPLE! They do NOT teach you real technic on the 2nd curtin shot, or some other special shots. They only teach you how to use PROFESSIONAL SETTING on stupid simple shot. If you are wondering how to use your SPEEDLITE in your house, on your cat, dog, children, or anything that won't hold still and move constainly, this DVD teach you NOTHING! You can not apply anything this DVD teach you unless you own those equipments like extra stand, special tripod for reflacting board... If you do not have the equipment I mentioned, this DVD can not help you. You also need to have a flash light extented core... if you do not have it, forget about this DVD...

I think this DVD sucks!

The real educational DVD should teach you how to use ONE SINGLE 580EXII or 430EXII and your DSLR WITHOUT any other aditional accessories to shot picture well in live situation. NOT studio shot, NOT with all type of expensive professional accessories that people usually do not own.

I think they should have change the title to "Apply SPEEDLITE to Studio Shot", this title is more likely explain what this DVD really is.
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Style Name: Canon 580EX II/430EX II Verified Purchase
If you're hesitating to buy this DVD because you're wondering whether it would be worth it, since obviously the manual covers the basic features, don't hesitate at all. This is a terrific DVD for the inexperienced stobist using Canon EX flashes as well as someone who only occasionally uses them.

What this DVD gives you is as close to "over the shoulder" instruction by someone who knows the Canon flash system inside and out. It provides a step-by-step intro to the Speedlite system, shows you how to set the various features on the 580EX-II and 430EX-II and leads you through clear and concise examples of planning a shoot and how best utilitize both ambient and flash lighting to obtain the best possible images.

It's not as comprehensive as a complete lighting course but it is very thorough when it comes to the Canon system and the thought process behind various choices in a series of staged lighting situations.

It is worth every penny of the $25 that I paid for it and I'll use it again and again.
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Style Name: Canon 580EX II/430EX II Verified Purchase
Unless you know enough about flashes, Canon's thought process behind how they make their products and advanced understanding of the science of light then the manual that comes with the 580 EXII is not going to help you at all. It might, but if you're like me some visual education to go along with the reading is what you need. The information is clear and concise and will have you using the advanced features after one viewing and feeling comfortable with how everything works.
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Style Name: Canon 580EX II/430EX II Verified Purchase
They may not win any awards for their acting, but information is delivered in a clear, easy-to-understand manner by a female voice-over and male host. There is just enough variety to keep it watchable and enough non-engineer plain-English spoken to translate the manual into knowledge you can use. I was an Art Director looking for deeper knowledge of my 580EXII and this DVD helped tremendously. I'm very tech savvy, but the Speedlite is still a bit cryptic until explained function-by-function. I've read the manual repeatedly and I have 3 other books on Strobist-style lighting, but this is the only source I've found that actually explains all the foundational info to get the most out of this awesome light source. Within hours of watching I was taking better shots and focusing on the creative rather than fumbling through the technical aspects.
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