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Blue Crane Digital DVD: Understanding the Canon Speedlite 580 EX II/430 EX II

B&H # BLDVDC580EX2 MFR # BC203
Blue Crane Digital DVD: Understanding the Canon Speedlite 580 EX II/430 EX II

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Understanding the Canon Speedlite 580 EX II/430 EX II - Flash photography is an entirely different world. However, in this DVD, the presenter, Tim Mantoani takes you through the basics and then some. In a step by step style, you'll learn what your flash can do, where it comes in handy and how to take full advantage of its characteristics and features.

Using a series of real world examples, you'll become more familiar with flash photography and learn how to use it to take your images to the next level.

About the Author: Tim Mantoani has been a professional photographer for over twenty years. Shooting everything from professional athletes and celebrities to fashion and products, his work has appeared in numerous national ad campaigns and magazines.

Note: This DVD uses the same material as the original 580 EX/430 EX DVD. Demonstrations of Speedlite operations have been updated to show the 580 EX II/430 EX II models

Topics

Flash exposure compensation
The flash as key or fill light
FP or high speed sync operation
Slow sync demystified
Controlling hard or soft light
Auto and manual zoom control
Flash bracketing
Flash exposure lock
Controlling flash from the camera
Manual mode and exposure compensation
Wireless operation
A:B and C groups: why and how
Group ratios
Getting the flash off the camera
First and second curtain sync
Stroboscopic mode
And much more...
Subject Flashes
Author Hosted by Tim Mantoani
Edition First
Hard/Soft Cover DVD
Pages Not Specified by Manufacturer
Dimensions DVD
Illustrations Yes
ISBN Number Product #: BC203
Publisher Blue Crane Digital
Date Published 2009

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Blue Crane DigitalDVD: Understanding the Canon Speedlite 580 EX II/430 EX II
 
3.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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71%

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Pros

  • Informative (6)
  • Easy to understand (4)
  • Good resource (3)

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    • Reference (3)
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    5.0

    Good Buy

    By Bob

    from Washington DC

    About Me Beginner, Intermediate

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Understand
    • Good Resource
    • Informative
    • Reliable Research

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Understanding the Canon Speedlite 580 EX II/430 EX II:

        I really had little understanding of how to use my 430 EX II Flash after watching the DVD I walked away with a greater understanding of how to work my Flash. It has added much to my portrait's. It is well worth the time and money that I invested. I would encourage all that it is well worth the time and money.

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        2.0

        Speedlite 580/ DVD review

        By BlueStreet

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        About Me Intermediate

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Boring

          Best Uses

            Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Understanding the Canon Speedlite 580 EX II/430 EX II:

            DVD is not what I expected. The DVD is kinda of a low budget production and I felt like I learned more from youtube videos. This is a very boring DVD.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            A GUIDE TO FUTURE PHOTOGRAPHY

            By JNTOLL

            from MISSISSAUGA ONTARIO CANADA

            About Me Intermediate

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Broad Range Of Information
            • Easy To Understand
            • Good Resource
            • Informative
            • Reliable Research

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday Use

              Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Understanding the Canon Speedlite 580 EX II/430 EX II:

              a CLEAR DIRECTION ON HOW TO IMPROVE MY PHOTOS

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              5.0

              Must See

              By Holly

              from Greensboro, NC

              About Me Beginner

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              Pros

              • Broad Range Of Information
              • Easy To Understand
              • Good Resource
              • Informative

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday Use

                Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Understanding the Canon Speedlite 580 EX II/430 EX II:

                Great video with many tips!!

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                THIS DVD IS V/HELPFUL WITH SPEEDLITE USE

                By BLUEFLASH

                from ESCONDIDO, CA

                About Me Casual Reader

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Easy To Understand
                • Informative
                • New Ideas
                • PROVIDES VALUABLE DATA
                • Relevant

                Cons

                • REQUIRES CONTINUED REVIEW

                Best Uses

                • A MUST HAVE FOR SPEEDLITE
                • Reference

                Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Understanding the Canon Speedlite 580 EX II/430 EX II:

                I HAVE THE 580EX/430EX DVD THAT ALSO COVERS 580EX II. IT MAY APPEAR AS IF IT WAS FOR THE STUDIO USER IT IS VERY HELPFUL TO THE IN FIELD LANDSCAPE/NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER AS WELL. I HAVE WATCHED THIS DVD OVER 5 TIMES AND HAVE ALWAYS LEARNER SOMETHING NEW I MISSED THE FIRST TIMES. I OWN BOTH THE 430EX AND 580EX II. IF YOU CON'T LEARN FROM THIS DVD YOU ARE NOT LISTENING AND WATCHING WHILE TRYING/USEING YOUR SPEEDLITE.

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                (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Rename: Apply SPEEDLITE to Studio Shot

                By Richard Udeupa

                from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

                About Me Bookworm

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Informative

                Cons

                • Lacks Content
                • No New Information
                • Poorly Written
                • Poor Photo Quality
                • Setting too professional
                • Too rely on accessories
                • Too Simple

                Best Uses

                • Reference

                Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Understanding the Canon Speedlite 580 EX II/430 EX II:

                This DVD is not good. The major step by step example they have in this DVD are inside of the studio WITH a lot of special equipment that regular household WON'T have. They do NOT teach you how to use the flash in regular daily using bases. The concept they teach is SIMPLE! They do NOT teach you real technic on the 2nd curtin shot, or some other special shots. They only teach you how to use PROFESSIONAL SETTING on stupid simple shot. If you are wondering how to use your SPEEDLITE in your house, on your cat, dog, children, or anything that won't hold still and move constainly, this DVD teach you NOTHING! You can not apply anything this DVD teach you unless you own those equipments like extra stand, special tripod for reflacting board... If you do not have the equipment I mentioned, this DVD can not help you. You also need to have a flash light extented core... if you do not have it, forget about this DVD...

                I think this DVD is NOT GOOD!

                The real educational DVD should teach you how to use ONE SINGLE 580EXII or 430EXII and your DSLR WITHOUT any other aditional accessories to shot picture well in live situation. NOT studio shot, NOT with all type of expensive professional accessories that people usually do not own.

                I think they should have change the title to "Apply SPEEDLITE to Studio Shot", this title is more likely explain what this DVD really is.

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                (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very helpful learning aid

                By Dave

                from Naples, FL

                About Me Casual Reader

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Follow
                • Informative

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Educational
                  • Reference

                  Comments about Blue Crane Digital DVD: Understanding the Canon Speedlite 580 EX II/430 EX II:

                  This DVD is very helpful when learning how to use the Canon Speedlite. I have the 430 EX II and use it with my EOS 7D. There is a great difference between this flash and the built in flash in the camera, knowing how to use all the functions correctly will insure maximum effectiveness of the flash unit.

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