Video: Getting the Most from Canon Speedlites

Posted by Gary Ramey on July 22nd, 2012

“Canon Speedliting with Multiple Flashes” is a two hour video by Syl Arena uploaded to YouTube by B&H Photo Video Pro Audio. Many of the concepts in this video apply to any flash setup that you might have whether you use Canon, Nikon, or studio flashes.

Key Concepts

  • Master/Slave
  • Groups
  • Ratios
  • Enabling/Disabling Master
  • Channels

In this Canon-specific video, you will learn the how and why of using multiple Speedlites off-camera. The emphasis is on the wireless system built into Canon Speedlites but Syl mentions how Nikon flashes differ from Canon flashes throughout the video. He explores the settings on both the master and slave Speedlites as well as the in-camera settings that can be made by recent Canon cameras that can act as the master for Speedlite flashes.

Canon Speedlite 600EX-RTThe video was uploaded to YouTube in December 2011. Syl states that, eventually, Canon will put wireless radio technology into their Speedlites. His prediction was correct. Canon’s new Speedlite 600EX-RT has wireless two-way radio communication built into the flash. It replaces the 580 EX II and is the only flash in Canon’s line that uses wireless radio technology.

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