Over the days leading up to the 25th of December I’d like to give something to everyone who stops by my blog. These tips cover camera settings, flash, lighting, software and gear. I’ll be providing a pair of tips each day until 25th December.

#45 – Use Linked Shot for a second camera viewpoint

linked shot
Linked Shot is a feature of radio wireless Speedlites, where a primary camera will release the shutter of one or more secondary cameras automatically. There is a slight delay between the photo with the primary camera and the photo captured by secondary cameras, usually 0.2s or similar.

How to activate linked shot

linked shot

linked shot
This varies depending on the device, for the Speedlite 430EX III-RT and Speedlite 600EX II-RT you set it from the wireless menu. For the Speedlite 600EX-RT and ST-E3-RT transmitter you press and hold the wireless button. That’s the one with the zig-zag icon on it. This will select linked shot slave mode, press the wireless button again to choose master mode.

You have to designate one radio unit as the master or primary unit, any other already configured units automatically switch to slave or secondary units when the primary is changed. I suggest setting the primary unit as the last step.

Then put the transmitter or Speedlite on the hotshoe and start taking multiple views with several cameras at once. Most cameras launched in the last six years will work without cables, as the flash or transmitter releases the shutter by communicating through the hotshoe.

Linked shot personal function

linked shot

This personal function P.Fn 07 (600EX-RT / 430EX III-RT) or P.Fn 06 (600EX II-RT) determines if the flash will also illuminate the subject. By default the flashes will not illuminate the subject, and cannot trigger other Speedlites off-camera. Any Speedlite configured as a linked shot master or slave will fire if you set P.Fn 07 / 06 to 1.


#46 – The fast way to start tethering your camera

tethered shooting

EOS Utility has several capabilities, one that I use most of the time is tethered shooting, where images are transferred to the computer automatically as I shoot. Today’s tip is how to bypass all the other EOS Utility capabilities and jump straight in to tethered shooting.

tethered shooting

Connect your camera to your computer, with a cable or WiFi starts EOS Utility automatically. Once it starts you get the familiar black startup screen, where you need to click on Preferences.

tethered shooting

In the preferences select Basic Settings and make sure that Show [Remote Shooting] screen is the default startup action. Then each time you connect the camera EOS Utility is ready to transfer images or provide remote camera control. In a studio if you are working with a cable connection and the cable is disconnected or the camera switched off, EOS Utility closes, but restarts back in tethering mode automatically when the camera is switched on or reconnected.

 

 


Here’s a few more festive fifty tips

Festive fifty – day #11
Festive fifty – day #8
Festive fifty – day #10
Festive fifty – day #18