Blue Crane Digital DVD: Understanding the Canon Speedlite 580EX / 430EX

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New owners of Canon Speedlites are often bewildered about how to use the flash unit effectively to produce the type of shots they want. Although the supplied manual does provide some technical assistance, Speedlites have been, and remain a mystery for many owners. This DVD sets out to change all that.

With a running time of just over an hour, your host, professional photographer Tim Mantoani, takes the mystery out of these flashes and shows you how to use them to their best advantage. Whether you own one or several of these speedlites, Tim walks you through real world situations that can be made better with repeatable techniques. He not only tells you HOW the flash operates, butWHY the engineers designed the flashes with their current set of features.

You've spent a lot of time and resources getting great camera equipment and learning how to use you camera effectively. This DVD will take you to the next level by allowing you to add light where you want it. Photography is all about communication. With a little information and one of these great speedlites, you can evoke exactly the response you want.

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The new EX series of speedlites from Canon can be the most powerful accessory in your camera bag. Understanding how the controls work is important and this DVD takes you through their operation, step by step. Your host, professional photographer Tim Mantoani, demonstrates these flash units in a serie s of real world examples. He explains why and how to get an emotional response from your pictures by adding or subtracting light

Topics Covered:
• Flash Exposure Compensation
• Using the Flash as a Key or Fill light
• FP or High Speed Sync operation
• Slow Sync demystified
• Controlling the hardness or softness of the flash
• Auto and Manual Zoom control
• Flash Bracketing
• Manual Mode and Exposure Compensation
• Wireless Operation
• A:B and C groups - why they exist and how to use them
• Group Ratios
• Flash exposure lock
• Getting the flash off the camera
• First and Second Curtain Sync
• Manual and Stroboscopic modes
• And much more! This DVD keeps extra equipment needs to a minimum. Whether you own a 580EX, 430EX, or both, this presentation gives you a practicalapproach for approaching all photographic subjects that require a little "portable sunlight". Whether you use one speedlite or a hundred, Tim's approach will help you create the best photo possible.

This DVD picks up where the manual stops, helping you to integrate flash photography into your image making arsenal.

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Reviewed by 4 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Very good DVD


from Raleigh NC  -  Intermediate

This is a great DVD. I have learned so much from watching it. It was worth every cent. I have watched it 3 times and there is still more information to be gained from it. I watch it and try a technique and then watch it again the next week and try a new method. I am impressed. I am so glad it purchased it. It really builds on the instruction book that comes with the flash. The only problem is it is somewhat out dated because all of the demos are with old 580s and 430s and not the new 580 ex II and 430 ex. That is somewhat confusing because the buttons and features are different but all and all it exceded my expectations and that is all that matters. Right?


Very helpful


from McMinnville, Oregon  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Watching a video while working with the flash or camera is a very good way to learn - hands on.




from Pittsburgh, Pa  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

there is a lot of useful information on this dvd about photo lighting in general as well as specific info for the canon flash units. The dvd spends more time with the 580ex than it does with the 430 ex , but for [$] it is worth watching. I learned from it, but it does require multiple viewings for the info to stick


Worth the money


from Salt Lake City, Utah  -  Semi-Professional

Very useful tool for the Cannon Speedlite, gives alot of information the manual does not.

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