Later today I'm starting my series: Six Days of Speedlite Tips. As a prelude to the series, I thought I'd re-post a blog post I did earlier this year on my first session with my new speedlite system: Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT. Here goes.
To test the new gear, I set out to make a photograph of a person with a
very discerning eye: local painter Eddi Flemming. Yes, I wanted to test
and get familiar with my new camera (the Canon 5D Mark III) and speedlites, but I also wanted
Eddi to be 100 percent happy with the environmental portrait - a
picture of the artist in her environment.
Above is the result of the shoot. Eddi loved the color and sharpness of the image. I had the same comments.
But I'll add that the new speedlites
and transmitter are super easy to use - and the ETTL is super accurate.
I used two speedlites for the shoot - one set on channel A and the other on B. Both were set on ETTL.
My main speedlite, positioned to camera left in a Westscott Apollo Orb soft box, was set, via the on-camera transmitter, to 0EV exposure compensation.
My fill light, hand-held by my wife, Susan, was positioned to camera right and was set, via the transmitter, to -2EV for just a touch of fill light.
Adjusting the power output of the speedlites is a fast and easy, "touch-of-a-buttons and twirl-of-a-dial process" with the Canon ST-E3-RT wireless transmitter.
I know a lot of pros who set their speedlites on the Manual mode. However, I have found that ETTL works perfectly for me. As my dad used to say, "To each his own."
I think Eddi is having a good effect on my photography. Now, when I make a picture, I try to think like a painter - which is something I cover on my workshops. I think more about shadows, and how important they are in a photograph. See the image below.
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