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How did *you* learn to use flash?

 
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Jun 25, 2012 22:30 |  #1
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Simple question.

Right now, I only have a 430 EX II and a 60D. I'm clueless as to where I should begin, and I'm wondering how others began their own journey with strobes.


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Jun 25, 2012 22:35 |  #2

http://strobist.blogsp​ot.com/2006/03/lightin​g-101.html (external link)

Note there is a 102 as well as a bunch of 'on assignment' posts too. He concentrates on off-camera flash, which your current equipment is capable of, but most of the technique discussed is generic to flash in general. Don't overlook the user comments or the flicker group.


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Jun 25, 2012 22:37 |  #3

There are a few important concepts that you need to understand first. Start with Flash Photography 101 (link in my signature).


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Jun 25, 2012 22:42 |  #4

i learned hands on as my shoots went by

i also watch youtube videos the slanted lens has a few videos on youtube that i found very helpful


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Jun 25, 2012 22:48 |  #5

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Jun 25, 2012 22:52 |  #6

Dean Collins "Finelight" series videos.


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Jun 25, 2012 23:06 |  #7

TheRightLight wrote in post #14631941 (external link)
Simple question.

Right now, I only have a 430 EX II and a 60D. I'm clueless as to where I should begin, and I'm wondering how others began their own journey with strobes.

Have a read of the link in my signature. I've got a tutorial on using manual flash as well as a tutorial on how to set up wireless flash, which you can do with the equipment you've got.


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Jun 25, 2012 23:11 as a reply to  @ Tiberius's post |  #8

Start with curtis' info links and spend $400.00 and take a class from Don Gianatti,,,best lighting guy in the business as far as im concerned. If you can get into a weekend hands on class with Don,,, Do It. The man is a genious. Lighting is very basic,, but you have to know how the equipment works and how to see the light. Curtis has some excellent information on his links. Don has his stuff together.


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Jun 25, 2012 23:11 |  #9

Look up Mark Wallace's videos for Adorama TV on Youtube. That really helped me out getting started.


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Jun 25, 2012 23:56 |  #10
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Great suggestions... Keep them coming! I need all the resources I can find.


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Jun 26, 2012 00:02 |  #11
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Oh, and one more thing: Is it wise for a beginner like me to keep the Canon flash? Or would I be best served with a couple of dirt cheap Yongnuo units?


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Jun 26, 2012 00:06 |  #12

Strobist 101
Got another photographer to be my mentor
Went to a Joe McNally workshop
Made an effort to try something different every day


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Jun 26, 2012 00:09 |  #13

Look at Zack Arias work :D


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Jun 26, 2012 00:33 |  #14

Call me crazy, but I RTFM. :D




  
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Jun 26, 2012 00:39 |  #15

Going Baroque wrote in post #14632337 (external link)
Call me crazy, but I RTFM. :D

Ok, you're crazy.

Reading the manual is important but it won't teach you squat about the concepts needed to make pictures with flash.


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