Finally, there’s a speed light at the end of the tunnel for Canon users trying to make heads or tails of their flash gear. Now, I’m not looking to start a flame war; I’ve always thought that the Nikon/Canon debate is pretty much a wash and certainly a waste of time.
But it is true that each system has its strong and weak points, and let’s just say that flash is, um, not one of Canon’s stronger points. At workshops and seminars, I am constantly asked by Canon users about how to do the same things I can do simply and straightforwardly with Nikon speedlites and I’ve been unable to answer coherently.
Not for a lack of trying, mind you, but more due to the fact that when I canvas my Canon-using colleagues, I never get the same answer twice on the specific workings of their lights and how they are used them in various situations (let’s just say that when it comes to flash, Canon is a faith-based community….Kidding! Okay, I’m just kidding.)
But, then, thank the lord, along comes California-based pro Syl Arena and his book Speedliter’s Handbook. Finally, Canonites have a comprehensive look at small strobe lighting, specifically Canon small strobe, that demystifies the process.
Syl’s book goes over in detail the workings of the Canon flash, but that’s only about 35% of the book. The other 65% is good basic, lighting knowledge and lots of great tips about modifiers, lightstands, clamps, etc. Syl is up to date on all the latest grip gear for speedlights and you’re sure to pick up a lot great info.
Now I won’t kid you: this is not exactly “Hot Shoe Diaries“—Joe has covered far more interesting subject matter. But Syl shows you, in detail, shots that anybody can make using real world people as his subjects. In fact, I’d say that the approachability of the sample photos is one of this book’s strong points.
At last, the prayers of Canon flash-users have been answered by this book–one that can help lead them out of the darkness. And I say with all my heart to my Canon brethren across the aisle: hallelujah brothers and sisters…and welcome to the world of goodness and speedlight!