I’m back from another Speedlite flash workshop with EOS Magazine / EOS Training Academy and I have a few pictures to share from the session. Often I only take a handful of pictures myself to check that the optical wireless slaves are working.

An extensive selection of cameras and Speedlites

I had a great group of folks on the sold-out workshop. So this means I had my hands full helping everyone set their cameras and flashes up. Cameras ranged from an EOS 500D to an EOS-1D X, and flashes from a Speedlite 90EX to a Speedlite 600EX-RT with most other things in the middle. For me it’s the kind of mental workout challenge that I just love, when I have this amount of varied setups.

Model Amber Joy photographed at my Speedlite flash workshop

I used an EOS 7D Mark II for all the test shots. Some with the 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens, most with the EF 85mm f/1.8 USM. I work on the theory that if the built-in Speedlite on theEOs 7D Mark II can trigger the optical slaves I know most things can. For the radio flash I just put the ST-E3-RT on the hotshoe.

Since the workshop was a beginners flash workshop, I stick to just one flash and we explore working with the ambient light and eliminating it. To ensure that the pictures look pretty good I usually take the flash off-camera. It means I can get each member of the group to take a few pictures and then move to the next participant.

Lastolite Ezybox II

Lastolite Ezybox II

Ezybox II

I’ve switched over to using the Lastolite Ezybox II with the twin Speedlight bracket in the main to let me have one flash working as an optical slave and one as a radio slave at the same time! During the workshop I used a 60cm medium version with and without the optional fabric grid.

Model Amber Joy photographed at my Speedlite flash workshop

For the larger 90cm x 90cm Ezybox I use a quad bracket with a pair of optical and a pair of radio triggered Speedlites inside. Even so, the little 430EX III-RT that was one of the optical pair still was in the red, overheat, zone pretty quickly!

Model Amber Joy photographed at my Speedlite flash workshop

Model of the workshop was the lovely Amber Joy, who did a fantastic job.

If you want to learn about how to use your flash, then look for the workshops listed on my event calendar

The next basic Speedlite workshop is on the 16th of August 2016 and booking is now open.

About the author

Full-time photo tutor and photographer. I love to share my knowledge and skills to make photos, videos and teach others. I write books and articles for photo magazines and I always have at least one Speedlite flash in my camera bag