For anyone new to flash photography–or who has had a frustrating start with it–Speedliter's Handbook is a fantastic in-depth resource. Packed with information presented in a clear and approachable how-to format, this book walks readers through everything from the basics of light to advanced setups using Canon Speedlites.
In this second edition, Syl updates the book to include all the newest Canon gear–such as flashes in the 90, 270, and 600 series, as well as the ST-E3 transmitter–to bring the book completely up to date. Syl also revises the book to include his newest best practices and workflows that have evolved and changed since the first edition of the book.
The book begins by familiarizing the reader with how light works and covers all the key concepts, terminology, and equipment that will serve as a foundation before jumping in. Syl then moves into all the ways Speedlites can be used both on and off camera to create the best light for any given situation, whether that be portraits, wedding, sports, or macro-photography. Speedliter's Handbook covers both manual and E-TTL flash; high-speed sync; stroboscopic flash; set-ups that use from one to a dozen flashes; and much more. Page after page of the book features great photography that illustrates all the techniques discussed. By the end of the book, the reader will have a newfound knowledge of light and will be confident with her ability to craft that light with Canon Speedlites. Syl's blog, pixsylated.com, has become a popular go-to resource for Canon users seeking credible information that will help them improve their photography using Speedlites.