Speedlites-
Speedliteswhen you need to bring your own light
Edward Weston
“The fact is that relatively few photographers ever
master their medium. Instead they allow the
medium to master them and go on an endless
squirrel cage chase from new lens to new paper
to new developer to new gadget, never staying
with one piece of equipment long enough to learn
its full capacities, becoming lost in a maze of
technical information that is of little or no use
since they don’t know what to do with it.”
Why use flash
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Too dark
Too much contrast
Stop action
Bring your own light
Overpower the sun- light packs
Light Illuminates, Shadows Define – Rick
Sammon
Flash progression
● Built-in
o Easy
o Always with you
o Low power
o Ugly- DMV lighting
o Suggestion -> use FEC to lower
power
Flash Progression II
● Speedlite on camera
o Easy
o Cost and capabilities vary
o Normal direction is UGLY (DMV)
o Modifiers
 Tupperware (Sto-Fen, Gary Fong)
 Foam light scoop
 Mini softbox (Lumiquest)
Problem-> Direction of light
Bouncing on camera Speedlite
● Ceiling
o Better than straight but not very flattering
o Better if you can use reflector below subject
(pseudo-clamshell)
o Color cast?
o Distance/Power
Bouncing on camera Speedlite II
● Wall
o Much better modeling
o Wall becomes softbox- point your flash where
you would place a studio light
o Flag your flash - BFT (Black Foamie Thing)Niel van Niekerk
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Reflector
o Need
assistant or stand
Flash Progression III
● Off camera flash
o Handheld
o Light stands
o VAL
● Flashes - Manual vs TTL
o Use TTL if flash to subject distance varies
quickly
o Similar to P mode on your camera
o Use manual otherwise
o TTL Tax
Gear
● Flashes
o TTL
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Canon 600EX-RT $550.00 (60)
Phottix Mitros $300 (58) (Mitros + $400)
o Manual
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 LumoPro LP180 - $200
 Yongnuo YN-560 II $59.00 (IV $71.00) (58)
Batteries- use rechargable and get a good charger!
● Wireless Triggers – Need one at camera and one at each flash
o Manual
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YN-603 $35.87 pair
YN-560TX $43 (YN-560 III and IV allow remote control)
Pocket Wizard Plus X $99.99 each
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Pocket Wizard Mini TT1 $199.99 each
Yongnuo YN622 TTL $84.99 pair
In camera
o TTL
Gear II
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Lightstands 7’
o LumoPro Compact $35 (MPEX)
o Cowboy Studio Set $32.99 (Amazon)
Umbrella bracket
o LumoPro Compact $16
o Cowboy Studio $10.17
Umbrella swivel <– Get these!
o LumoPro LP634 $21.99
o Manfrotto 026 $45
Umbrella
o Westcott 43” Collapsible $25
o Cowboy Studio 33” White $10.16
o Flashpoint 60” - $30
You can go broke getting more and more gear (GAS). Remember the
quote we started with. Start small and use the gear until you KNOW
why you need something else.
Remote Control
 Wired
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Need place to connect to camera
 PC port
 Universal translator
◦ Need place to connect to flash
 In Camera control – light
◦ You may already have
◦ Remote flash has to see the flash on camera
◦ Don’t forget to pop up your flash
 Wireless
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Light or radio
Radio works through walls and softboxes
Possible interference with other photogs
Switch channels on radio (don’t leave your gear on default)
Control your flash
Umbrella
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Relective
Shoot-through
Brolly box
Softbox
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Shoot into
Umbrella
Egg crate Grid
Snoot
Grid
Flags
Gells
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¼ CTO gell available for you
Exposure
Factors-
1. ISO - Everything
2. Shutter speed - Ambient
3. Aperture (f stop) - Flash, Ambient
4. Flash power
5. Flash to subject distance (Inverse square
law)
Shooting
Where to start?
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Light meter vs chimp
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Somewhere - Zack Arias
1/125, f5.6, ISO 100, ¼ power
With a light meter you Know your exposure
Demo (I hope)
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TTL vs Manual
¼ CTO
Direct flash vs Bounce
On camera vs Off
Umbrella
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with reflector
Softbox
Balancing ambient
Open discussion and shooting
For more information
www.strobist.com - Check out Lighting 101
neilvn.com/tangents/ - home of the Black Foamie Thing
www.joemcnally.com/blog/ - a master of speedlites
www.dedpxl.com- Zack Arias (Oneligth 2.0 $75 - 7 hours)
www.bhphotovideo.com/indepth/category/tags/lighting great
training at a great price.
Pinterest of gear:
https://www.pinterest.com/johnston1126/speedlite-seminar/
Pinterest on books:
http://www.pinterest.com/johnston1126/favoritephotography-books/
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