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| p.2 #10 · Picking a Radio Trigger: Manual vs E-TTL (aka PW Mini vs Plus III) |
Michael White wrote:
Good I just received a 7D and thought it would...
I hope you like yours as much as I like mine.
I love being able to control multiple off-camera Speedlites right from the camera menu; it's so much easier to use than the on-flash menus of the 580EX.
In typical home-sized rooms there's enough power in the built-in flash that light bouncing from the walls and ceiling can reach a Speedlite inside my Apollo soft box, reliably triggering it in wireless slave mode.
One of my common setups it a 580EX in the soft box for fill, another 580EX in a 20" beauty dish as key, and a 430EX in an 11" gridded dish as a hair light, all controlled from the pop-up flash.
Some people are very sensitive to flash, and the preflashes (which are needed for command and control even when using Manual flash exposure) will make them blink if they're looking right at the camera as in a portrait, causing them to have eyes that look partlially or even completely closed in the capture. When that happens I'll have them close their eyes; I'll press the * button, triggering the preflashes; then I'll have them open their eyes as I press the shutter release. I use rear-curtain sync even at normal shutter speeds, and using this method I never get "blink-eyes" in the shots. (For candid shots of activities, where they're not looking right toward the flash, it's never been a problem for me.)
The Canon manuals don't do a great job explaining wireless. Chuck Gardner's tutorials do a better job, and Blue Crane Digital has a very good video on Speedlite use that covers everything from how High Speed Sync works, to what hard and soft light actually are, to using A:B+C wireless groups, and much more. The DVD costs $24.99, or you can watch on-line for $19.99.
Here's a link to their site that includes a preview of the video: