One of My Favorite Tools: $30 Off-Camera Flash Cable

I’ve been more seriously into off-camera lighting for a couple of years now.  However, it was only a few months ago that I picked up a TTL flash-sync cable for my Canon kit.

Prior to this $30 purchase, the majority of my off-camera lighting had been done manually, which is perfectly fine and nearly limitless in creativity.  But it never hurts to add another arrow to your photographic quiver though. [Read more...]

Speedliter’s Handbook Review

Have you ever looked at those buttons on the back of your flash and wondered what exactly that they do?  What about understanding flash exposure compensation?  Or, high speed sync?  Want to dim the sun?

The Speedliter’s Handbook is a killer resource from Syl Arena that is primarily for Canon DSLR shooters who want to integrate Canon Speedlites into their repertoire.  That said, photographers using any other brand of gear will get their money’s worth out of this book. [Read more...]

Speedliter’s Handbook Now Shipping

I just got a tip that the Syl Arena’s Speedliter’s Handbook is now shipping from Amazon.

If you aren’t familiar with it, this book is all about learning to shoot with Canon’s E-TTL flash system.  In Syl’s words, “It’s almost 400 pages, includes 800 photos, 100 diagrams, and 39 shoots detailed on 2-page spreads. If you shoot small flash (any brand), then 70% will be of interest. If you shoot Canon Speedlites, then 110% of the book will be of interest.”

The Speedliter’s Handbook retails for $49.99, but it’s currently up for grabs on Amazon for $31.49.

Speedliter’s Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites – New Book

The Speedliter’s Handbook is a new book from Canon Speedlite specialist, Syl Arena.

The book has been in the works for nearly a year now, and just went to the printer last week.  But it turned out to be much bigger than planned…

“It’s almost 400 pages, includes 800 photos, 100 diagrams, and 39 shoots detailed on 2-page spreads. If you shoot small flash (any brand), then 70% will be of interest. If you shoot Canon Speedlites, then 110% of the book will be of interest.” -Syl Arena

Speedliter’s Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites carries a retail price of $49.99; however, it is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com at $31.49 and will ship just after Christmas.

Canon 2010 Spring/Summer Instant Rebates for Lenses

Canon Rebates

Canon has announced its lineup of lenses and flashes eligible for instant rebate savings for Spring / Summer 2010.

This is an instant rebate program too – no mailing receipts and UPC codes and then waiting 6-8 weeks. The rebate applies for purchases on qualifying Canon gear made between May 9 and July 10, 2010.

The specific items are listed below, along with links to product pages for each lens or flash at Amazon, Adorama and B&H Photo. [Read more...]

Mastering Canon EOS Flash Photography – New Book

Mastering Canon EOS Flash Photography

Mastering Canon EOS Flash Photography is a new book from NK Guy that, as the title implies, focuses on the Canon EOS Speedlite system.  It is intended as an authoritative resource for the Canon E-TTL Speedlite system, and includes diagrams and sample photos to demonstrate techniques.

Mastering Canon EOS Flash Photography carries a retail price tag of $44.95; however, it can be found for $29.67 on Amazon.com.

More details below. [Read more...]

Canon Speedlite 430EX II

The Canon Speedlite 430EX II is the follow up to the popular prosumer 430EX flash gun.  The new Speedlight features a reduced recycle time, 1/3 stop incremental power output adjustments and full control via in-camera menu systems.  For more info, see the press release below. [Read more...]