I often use the modelling light function with my Canon Speedlite flashes. At my recent workshops I was pretty amazed to find out that many Canon EOS camera owning photographers didn’t know that a modelling light was built in to many of their Speedlites; for me it’s a really useful feature. Speedlite modelling light Press …

My gear guide My recent off-camera flash workshops in Oxford have highlighted the need to help photographers find out great solutions for securing their expensive Speedlites to light stands. Over the years I have tries many kinds of adapters so I have produced an  Off-Camera Flash Gear Guide where you can see the kit I am …

Canon has updated it’s old macro ring flash with the introduction of the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II. Designed for specialist applications – you see these in just about every police forensic themed program on TV, and also small wildlife and other objects. The new macro flash features two high brightness white LED focussing lamps …

Off-camera flash workshop in Oxford I’m just back from a great day with awesome folks on my first workshop of 2014. With two groups it was pretty full on for the whole day. It was made all the more fun by each participant having a totally different combination of cameras, flashes, Nikon, Canon cameras and …

Configuring your gear to work to fit your individual style of working is essential, the Speedlite 600EX-RT includes custom functions C.Fn and personal function P.Fn. With so many photographers and ways of doing things camera makers provide a range of settings to customize how each piece of kit works for you. Configuring Speedlite 600EX-RT I’ve …

I was recently out with a group of photographers from a local camera club. The aim was to photograph some unusual plants – orchids, however they’d finished flowering weeks before. I chose an alternative plant and carried on shooting. Step 1 – how does it look with ambient light only I usually take a picture …

Lastolite TriGrip Bracket I have recently been working with a range reflectors and diffusers for outdoor photography, and one of the problems is maintaining the placement of the reflectors – particularly if you’re working single handed. Here’s where the  comes in handy. Holding the reflector in one hand and the camera in the other gives …