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| p.1 #1 · Trying to learn flash |
I have managed to avoid using flash much at all in my photography to date, but I have decided it is time to take the plunge and try to figure this out. I have a specific shot in mind, a sunset portrait on a beach on an upcoming trip to Hawaii.
I have read the Hot Shoe Diaries and didn't find it all that helpful. The humorous prose got in the way of conveying information, sort of like Scott Kelby on a bad day. I find the Speedlighters Handbook to be much better, along with Lighting 101 on the Strobist website.
For the shot I will be using a 1D MIII body with a 580 EX as master and 430 EX as slave.
So now for a couple of questions:
The Speedlighters Handbook says that I loose second curtain sync with the 430 EX as slave. Sure enough, I can turn it on when the flash is on camera, but I can't when it is in Slave mode. The body has second curtain sync available as a Custom Function (II-5), does that become inoperable when the flash is in slave mode? If so that is too bad, I think it could be useful for the shoot I have in mind.
Secondly, it looks like on-camera flash compensation is lost in flash Manual mode, but works in ETTL. Again that would be too bad, as learning flash control in Manual mode makes sense to me. With the shoot I am planning the key flash will be up high and hard to reach and adjust the output manually. Does this mean that I need to actually understand "shutter controls ambient, aperture controls flash", for on-the-fly adjustments? If so I have some practicing to do. Would I be better off in ETTL?
Here is a rough idea of the kind of image I am looking for
Later on, after I understand more basics, I might ask for advice on hard light vs soft light and gels.
Thanks to all for any advice.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Hot-Shoe-Diaries-Flashes/dp/0321580141 (ironic, no?)