Downhill mountain bikes and steep hills

I was out with fellow photographers Brian Dukes, Glyn Dewis and Mark Hall photographing Brian’s son Paddy Dukes and his riding mates in Surrey. I packed a bunch of Speedlite flashes and the Lastolite quad mounting plate from my quad bracket to allow up to found Speedlites to be position on one light stand. It …

Light painting a Mini Cooper with Speedlite flash

Speedlites are great for lighting smaller subjects like people and things, but when you get outside and need to light bigger subjects you need lots of Speedlites or maybe it’s time for studio pack, or a different approach. A full system + 3 more Speedlites I recently shot this quick picture of a Mini using …

best master speedlite 430EX III-RT or ST-E3-RT

Canon’s radio wireless flash system has three devices that can control slave flashes; Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT, Speedlite 430EX III-RT and Speedlite 600EX-RT. I have used the ST-E3-RT since it’s introduction, but can the Speedlite 430EX III-RT be a worthy alternative master? When I use flash off-camera, I almost never use one of the lights on …

SPEEDLITE 430EX III-RT

Radio controlled flash comes to the Speedlite 430EX The new Speedlite 430EX  III-RT is an updated Speedlite 430EX II with the addition of Canon’s radio flash controlled operation. Closely based on the 430EX II the new flash works on both optical and radio systems and has a guide number of 43m at ISO 100. The …

How to use bounce flash for portrait photos indoors

Bounce flash for indoor portraits Last week I ran another Speedlite workshop for a group at EOS Magazine’s training centre in Oxfordshire. As this was an introductory level of flash photography workshop we started off in the practical section just using on camera flash. (Ooops yes I said on-camera flash) Ceiling too high to bounce …

Speedlite flash workshops for EOS Magazine

Speedlite flash workshops This week I’ve run two workshops for EOS Magazine in Oxfordshire; Getting Started with Speedlite Flash and Creative Speedlite Flash. I love doing these, and there were a couple of guys who went through both days back to back. I think they were pretty full of flash info at the end of …

Speedlite flash lit with a single Speedlite

Yesterday I was running through a couple of Speedlite product photo setups for a workshop I’m running next week for EOS Magazine and thought this one would make a good post. Speedlite + black perspex + large diffuser The setup is really simple I used a sheet of black perspex to stand the flash on, …