Break the rules – but know what they are first Photography is often defined by certain rules and regulations, however since it’s a combination of technical and creative disciplines one of the keys is knowing the rules AND knowing when to break the rules. Some rules are more ingrained than others; the rule of thirds …

The more you explore what your gear can do the more you find out things that work, and those others that don’t. Today’s tip is all about external auto metering (thyristor mode) on the Speedlite 600EX-RT. I ran in to this when shooting using my preferred group mode set-up. I tend to set Speedlites that …

Hotrod Strip & Octa Box now with added control Lastolite’s popular Hotrod Strip Box and Octa Box are great for photographers who work with flash on location or even in the studio. Using the strip boxes to give accent light on the sides of athletes combined with a main light directly on the face is …

 Lastolite demonstrations at Focus I’m known for doing a lot of Canon seminars and quite a lot with Speedlite flash, so it was really great to be asked by Lastolite to deliver a few demonstrations on their stand at Focus to show how their softboxes, grids and gels work with Speedlites. Lastolite’s latest EzyBox II …

Behind the scenes It’s popular to show some outtakes or making-of type  behind-the-scenes videos and images. In many cases this needs a separate camera operator to capture this while the action takes place. I had a thought about using Linked Shot with the Speedlite 600EX-RT and ST-E3-RT to take a few behind the scenes pictures …