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Speedlites for Outdoor Photography

Jim Rose
April 22, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$30 Class
Canon Live Learning San Francisco
201 California St.
Suite 100
San Francisco, California 94111


Normally we think of using a Speedlite when there is little or no light. There are however many situations when a Speedlite can improve your pictures even if you have plenty of available light. 

When photographing outdoors our light source is the sun and we can’t control the amount of ambient light from the sun. Speedlites allow us to light up our subject if it’s in the shade of fill in harsh shadows created by the sun. 

What if the light is so bright we are forced to use a small aperture to control the background exposure and we lose the ability to create shallow depth of field for a portrait. Canon Speedlites have a high speed sync feature that will allow us to use any shutter speed on the camera so we can use a larger aperture and control our depth of field. 

Sound a bit confusing? It’s really not, but learning in person is a lot easier. After this class you will be know how to use your Speedlite even in the brightest conditions. Make sure to bring your camera and speedlite as this class will be both lecture and hands on shooting. 

What you will learn: 

• How to create a black background outdoors 

• Balancing flash with available light 

• Fill flash made easy 

• The benefits of High Speed Sync 

What to bring: 

• Your Canon EOS camera (if you have one), with fully charged battery 

• At least one lens/Memory card 

• Speedlite 580EX or 600EX-RT (loaner Speedlites will be available)

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