Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites Paperback – Dec 19 2010
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From the Back Cover
About the Author
Syl Arena studied commercial photography at Brooks Institute and fine art photography at the University of Arizona. Over the years, Syl has shot for newspapers, magazines, and catalogs. He has been recognized for his expertise on color-critical workflow and his ability to turn noon to night by firing off a dozen Speedlites simultaneously. Syl covers the world of photography on his blogs, PixSylated.com and Speedliting.com, and he serves as the Director of the Paso Robles Workshops.
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I wasn't disappointed!
I've been dabbling in [...] work for some time, and a dedicated Canon photographer who'd already dabbled in Speedlites with 2 of my own. Backing all this up I have a Bachelors degree in Theatre Lighting and 12 years working as a entertainment lighting technician. I know a couple things about using light :)
This book is excellently broken up into well thought out chapters and sub headings that don't bury the lead and let readers of any level jump right to what they need to get started with, as well as move through the book in the way that suits them best.
Syl Arena knows lighting, and as importantly, is a master of the Canon flash system. This book is all I could have asked for in him passing on that knowledge to the reader.
Syl Arena's vast knowledge and easy writing style make this book incredibly easy to read, understand and absorb; all of which helped me apply the content quickly and easily. While reading the book I found that new ideas started taking shape and I suddenly realized that my love of photography had been focused (no pun intended) and intensified. This is not simply a book about the Canon Speedlite system but a book about photography. And a great one at that.
I saw the quality of my lighting improve almost right away. Better understanding and control of light makes better images. Buy this book now.
Very complete, well organized, easy to read, no self-promotion, full of examples and how-to info. I'm 3 chapters away from finishing and I'm going to be sorry when I am finished.
I'm am an experienced amateur, with lots of ambient light experience. I always hated the flash, because I could never get it to look right. Now I understand why. I am looking forward to applying what I have learned. Thanks for writing such an excellent book.
I know that I will be referring to Mr. Arena's book over and over again. If you are serious about wanting to take better flash pictures, I can highly recommend it to you. It is so comprehensive in its coverage that there is likely no need to purchase any other book on the same topic. This book does it all in a down to earth, easy to understand fashion. And with the exception of some very specialized lighting setups (detailed near the end of the book) which are really fun and interesting, this book talks to those of use who do NOT have professional studios. It is directed mainly at those who have one or two Speedlites and probably won't ever have more than this. Mr. Arena is also very practical when he suggests additional equipment such as stands and light modifiers that we amateurs might like to acquire. Great book. I wish all books were this good.
The one thing they probably could have left out is the techique that involves the way the cover was shot. Using multiple speedlights Syl is able to capture this great image but really, how many of us are going to have access to a dozen speedlights in order to achieve this kind of shot? That's like $6k in speedlights!! Again, i'm no expert, but I think there are probably better ways to achieve this shot with a lot less.
All in all, totally worth the money. Gives you all you need to get started and get creative.
Most recent customer reviews
I enjoyed the book - it has great instruction and great sample photos. Refer to it all the time when trying new approach.Published 7 months ago by Ash Babber
Syl Arena is an excellent teacher. The only reason I gave it 4 stars rather than 5 stars is I purchased the kindle version. Read morePublished 18 months ago by William Wheaton
Well done but dated of course as newer Canon Speedlites i.e the 600RT are not referenced. I gather the author is now writing a new version.Published 22 months ago by D P
I still haven't finished reading it, but WOW Syl know everything about lighting. When I buy a book I have no intention of re-selling it; therefore, I highlight the key points. Read morePublished on July 25 2014 by Rohan Weerasinghe
The author demystifies the dreaded owners 'User Manual' on how to correctly use Canon flashes (or any brand for that matter). Read morePublished on June 1 2014 by Robert Sheridan
And coupled with his class that I followed up with in December 2012 just fantastic, the book alone is very good - but hearing the logic behind it makes it superbPublished on April 25 2014 by BigGord
Overall, this is a great book. Well written and well organized. However, because it is a photography book there are references to images throughout. Read morePublished on March 3 2014 by Chris K
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