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June 20th, 2007

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01:18 am - First Steps in Flash
I've been reading the Strobist blog for some time, but never had anything more than on-camera flash to try it with. In the US last week, I picked up a Canon Speedlite 580 EX II and have just got around to trying out some of the blog's ideas.

The best thing about Strobist are the occasional series that the author puts together. Lighting 101 was some time ago, and Lighting 102 has just started, so I'm following along.

The first exercise was a simple setup to shoot an object lit from one direction at various angles and observe what happens. I set up an orange on an upturned cup and started working.

Strobist 102:1.1 - Angle
Canon 30D, Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro
1/250 @ f/11, ISO 100
Canon 580 EX II, 1/4 power, ~90° camera right.

It's actually kind of weird how many views these simple shots got on Flickr :-)

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Date:June 20th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
I'm new to flash photography myself, a 3-month owner of Nikon's flagship flash unit. The little beast saved my life at a wedding on Saturday.

No doubt you're beyond simple tricks already, but I've found that it's tremendously helpful when taking flash portraits to (a) use a diffuser (I hardly ever take mine off) and (b) bounce the flash off something, anything. A low, white ceiling is a great choice.
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Date:June 20th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
I don't have a diffuser yet, but will probably get one just to make the simple on-camera TTL-metered shots of the kids indoors look more bearable.
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Date:June 22nd, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
there's a II version? Canon seems to do that a lot...
do you know what the difference between the original and II version is?

I use a 580EX and a 430EX (macro flash) and have been thinking about adding another flash for remote triggering with one of these flashes and am wondering about adding another 580 but will now have to do some more reading...

Date:January 7th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
Great post Fraser Speirs ! bookmarked :)
have been looking out for something like this for a while...


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