- Tapa blanda: 256 páginas
- Editor: John Wiley & Sons Ltd; Edición: 2nd Revised edition (26 de febrero de 2010)
- Colección: Digital Field Guide
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0470560657
- ISBN-13: 978-0470560655
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Canon Speedlite System Digital Field Guide (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 26 feb 2010
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Detailed coverage of Canon's four speedlite-580EX II, 430 EX II, 220 EX and the new 270 EX-built exclusively for Canon DSLRs If you use a digital SLR camera, then you understand just how critical it is to have a capable flash. Canon Speedlite shines a whole new light on taking photos with a Canon DSLR. This full-color, in-depth guide takes you beyond the standard manual that accompanies the Speedlite and shows you the types of settings you can use on your camera when working with the Speedlite. You'll explore the possibilities of wireless lighting with multiple speedlites as well as the creative effects you can achieve. Author and professional photographer Brian McLernon demystifies setting up the speedlite, synchronizing the speedlite equipment, and determining lighting ratios. * Canon DSLRs are only growing in popularity and the Speedlite system is a must-have accessory for exploring a new world of digital photo possibilities* Shows you how to create an inexpensive and portable wireless studio lighting system that can go where you go * Demystifies setting up the speedlite, synchronizing the equipment, and figuring out lighting ratios* Covers other Canon lighting system components, such as the ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter, Macro Ring Lite, and Macro Twin Lite Real-world information on using these speedlites illustrated by full-color examples and untangles the complexities of using the Canon Speedlite system.
Shine a new light on your photography
Learning to properly use the revolutionary Canon Speedlite System is only the first step in creating great flash photographs. This colorful, portable guide teaches you not only about Speedlites but also about the subtleties of lighting and light modifiers and when, why, and how to use them. You'll explore light placement and styles of lighting for different and creative effects. This book will take you beyond routine use of flash equipment and start you on the path to creating truly dazzling images.
Learn the features of each component and how to set up Speedlites
Understand lighting patterns, bounce flash, color temperature, and white balance
Discover how you can create a wireless studio that goes where your subjects are
Explore creative suggestions from a working photographer on shooting sports, landscapes, weddings, products, portraits, and more
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The flaws are more annoying because they are so easily avoided:
* Redundant redundancy. An editor should have noticed that the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 were mentioned no less than three times on pages 104-106. All three times the author says the units came out as the book was being written, but too late for him to try them out. Once would have been enough regarding a product the author has not used.
* Similarly, E-TTL is defined or explained three times in the book's early pages.
* Unlike the quibbles above, fixing my biggest gripe would have made this a five star book for the ages. Pages 182-216 consist of three appendices on Posing Basics, Rules of Composition, and Resources. Useful enough, but I didn't buy this book for that content. These full-color pages could have been used to illustrate some of the flash setups used for the flash photos in the book.
Here's what I mean: Throughout the book are many photos taken with single and multiple flash units, used alone and in groups. The captions and text explain how the photos were taken, which is good. But if the author could have replaced those 34 pages of generic appendices with diagrams of the flash setups, including how the flash units were aimed, set, gelled and grouped, it would have been utterly fantastic.
For example, here is the caption to photo 6.26 on page 166: "I used three Speedlites, one as the main, another one fitted with a green gel to light up the background, and one behind the subject to separate him from the street. Exposure: ISO 128, f/2.8, 1/6 second using an EF 24-70mm USM lens." To be fair, this is an interesting photo with a useful caption. But wow, a diagram showing the locations and orientation of those three Speedlite units, their distance from the subject, which way they were pointing, and a few notes on their settings would have made that caption superfluous, and added immensely to the value of the book.
Another example: Photo 3.18 on page 67: "Two Speedlites, one with a blue gel, were used for this dramatic nighttime portrait..." We can see the blue light shining on one side of the subject. What we can only guess is how the two Speedlites were set, and where they were located.
The book really deserves 3.5 stars, but I didn't want to give it 3 stars, because the flaws mentioned here don't detract from the rest of the quality content. I'm happy to have this reference on my shelf, and I learned a lot from it, but it could have been much better.
Update: I found another book that has the diagrams I wanted: Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites. Take a look at the customer images for that book: you'll see the exact lighting diagrams I describe above, that are missing from this book. I have knocked this book down to three stars as a result.
This book did a pretty good job of explaining most of these functions. The first 4 chapters addressed most of what I was looking for in a clear, organized, technical way.
My main criticism of the book, ironically, involve the photos included to support the text. For example, in the chapter "Everyday Applications of Your Speedlights," I felt that most of the photos were just ordinary. Other photos in the book were not helpful in clarifying a concept. For example, the explanation of rear curtain would have been much more effective if the author had included 2 examples of the same long exposure shot--one with front curtain and one with rear curtain, so you easily understand the issue. And the chapter "Setting up a Wireless Studio" could have been strengthened by not only including photos of the light modifiers (eg, silver umbrella), but also photo examples of the effects (eg, should have taken two photos of a scene--one with the flash bounced off a silver umbrella, the other off a white umbrella).
The Appendices on "Posing" and "Rules of Composition" were unnecessary...if you're at a level of knowing that a Speedlight is superior to on-camera flash, your probably serious enough to have heard of "Rule of Thirds."
If you remember that this book is a field guide, then you probably won't be disappointed. But look elsewhere for you artistic inspiration.