Canon 580 EX II

Day One At Dave's: One Light Wonders

© Rick Sammon
Day one of my workshop at the Dave Cross Studio in Oldsmar, Florida was a blast! I had eight students learning the benefits of shooting with one light source: speedlite in a Westcott Apollo softbox.

The image was taken with my Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 25-105mm IS lens. I had my Canon 580EX II placed in the Westoctt soft box. Click here to see all my gear.

Above:  Kathy Porupski was our voice activated light stand for the shoot. Kathy also helped with the model. Thanks Kathy!

Above: Your full-service instructor at work. Thanks Jason Ludwig for the nice behind-the-scenes image.

To the students: You all did a great job!

Stay tuned for more images from the workshop.

Explore the light,

P.S. For more lighting tips, see my apps.

Good Fun – and Learning – at the Canon Booth at Photo Plus Expo

Several of the photographers who stopped by the Canon booth yesterday at Photo Plus Expo had an opportunity to shoot with the Canon 5D, Canon ST-E2 wireless transmitter, and two Canon Speedlite 580EXII flash units. For a change, I acted as the assistant :-)

The idea was to show how a snapshot with an on-camera flash (left) could be turned into a much cooler shot by using one or two off-camera flashes.

For more tips on lighting, see my latest app, Light It!

Explore the light,

P.S. I am planning some one-day Canon Speedlite sessions (indoors and outdoors) for early next year. Shoot me an email if you are interesting in joining the photo fun: ricksammon at