Speedlite flash at 1/2000s

All DSLR cameras including the EOS models have a restriction when using flash. Due to the use of a focal plane shutter mechanism there is a maximum shutter speed that can be used with flash. Go faster than the ‘sync speed’ of your camera and you often see black bands on your image. Canon has …

Creative use of AF micro-adjustment

When the EOS-1D Mark III camera was launched one of the features that Canon added to the EOS range was AF micro-adjustment. Intended originally to allow photographers to adjust their cameras in the field when their lenses and cameras have been knocked out of calibration. In theory it should not be necessary to use AF …

Speedlite 270EX II flash

When Canon launched the EOS 600D with a built-in Speedlite flash master function, it was quite reasonable for them to introduce a new lower cost entry to the world of off-camera Speedlite flash too. However in the drive for low cost I think they have had to make too many compromises with the Speedlite 270EX …

I’m really fortunate to have visited Japan many times in the past, and have worked alongside many colleagues from Japan during my time at Canon. It’s heart breaking to see the images of Japan after the quake, tsunami and now nuclear disaster. My thoughts are with my friends and former colleagues at this time. Fortunately …

Alternative viewpoint

Recently I have been doing a lot of shoots with flash both Canon Speedlites and Elinchrom studio lights. Just last week I had a call from fellow photographer Ross Holkham asking if I would like to join him for a shoot. Not being one to turn down the chance to shoot, and actually thinking that …

Using the built-in Speedlite flash transmitter and Easy Wireless mode on the EOS 600D

The EOS 600D is the third model in the Canon line-up to feature an integrated Speedlite Transmitter. Simply pop-up the built-in flash navigate round the camera menus and you can control multiple off-camera Speedlite flashes right from the camera. With the Speedlite transmitter function being a new feature at this level in the range Canon …