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SpeedLite Canon 580EX II - Help!!!!!
Old 05-08-2009, 04:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Where can I find "how to" tips to use the SpeedLite Canon 580EX II.
The manual is incredible short on information

I have a glamour photo shoot on a Location in two days and will have to use the new speedlite.
I don't think I'll have enough time to learn how to use it in manual mode and get the best results.

So, as an emergency situation, I'd appreciate to have basic tips, "dos and don'ts", how to set the camera metering (and any other settings) and the speedlite for an "easy to use mode".

I'll be using an 5D MII and Canon 24-70mm

Thanks!!!
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Re: SpeedLite Canon 580EX II - Help!!!!!
Old 05-08-2009, 08:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Alec, your question is way too broad for you to be able to expect any meaningful answers.

Are you planning on using the flash on or off camera? I believe that Speedlight can communicate wirelessly with your camera so if you used it off camera you would have the benefits of true TTL auto exposure.

You can also set the flash(s) to fire manually either full or in fractions and if you do this you will have to have a light meter to get a good exposure.

Are you going to use the flash(s) open or will you fire them through a softbox or into an umbrella?

Before you will get any meaningful answers you need to decide what your setup is going to be, how you intend to use it, and what you expect from it and then you can start asking questions.

Remember: "Seek not to know the answers but to understand the questions".

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Re: SpeedLite Canon 580EX II - Help!!!!!
Old 05-08-2009, 10:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes David, you are right, I couldn't understand my own question.
The truth is I have so many questions that I can't be specific on only one.

I think what I need is what I have asked on the first line of my post:
Where can I find "how to" tips to use the SpeedLite Canon 580EX II."
I mean, web site's links!

By the way,
I'll have to use the speedlite on camera because I have no cables or wireless device , one 500W strobe with softbox and reflector hold by assistant

Just one question:
What should I do with the speedlite on camera when taking vertical photos?
Should I turn it to the ceiling and keep bouncing?
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Re: SpeedLite Canon 580EX II - Help!!!!!
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If you have a 500w strobe and reflector, the I suggest you forget about the speedlite and work on your one light setups using the strobe. You will get much better light then if you depend on an on camera flash.
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Re: SpeedLite Canon 580EX II - Help!!!!!
Old 05-10-2009, 08:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Check out the DVD by Blue Crane Digital on the 430EX II and 580EX II for a good overview.
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Re: SpeedLite Canon 580EX II - Help!!!!!
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try www.shootsmarter.com, will crockett
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Re: SpeedLite Canon 580EX II - Help!!!!!
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Thanks a lot guys.
That's exactly what I was looking for.
It's a shame I haven't read Will Crockett before Sunday's photo shoot.
It would have saved me a lot of time on post production.
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Re: SpeedLite Canon 580EX II - Help!!!!!
Old 05-29-2009, 06:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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try www.shootsmarter.com, will crockett
+1

Also, www.shootsmartertv.com for videos...some good stuff (some shameless advertising too, but still good).

Using the 580EX II in Manual is no different than using any other studio strobe...you have to meter...there is a way to switch it to Auto mode, but that has its limitations as well. As was suggested, I would just use your 500W strobe instead...
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