Photography and whatever

Playing with Off-Camera Flash

Inspired by the Speedliter’s Handbook, I’m dedicated to learning how to get more out of my small flashes this year. I just purchased a second Canon flash (a 580EX II to go with my 580EX) so I thought it would be fun to play around with the wireless off-camera E-TTL features. For this shot, I used the 580EX II on-camera to trigger the 580EX in a mini softbox, which my wife was holding off to the right of the camera. (Thanks for being my light stand, honey!) The 580EX II on my camera was disabled so it didn’t contribute any flash to the exposure.

Sam was much more interested in the flash my wife was holding than the camera, which made for a great opportunity to photograph him when he wasn’t looking straight into the camera.

Technical Info:
Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 28-70/2.8 @ 38mm, Canon Speedlite 580EX off-camera + Opteka Mini Softbox, Canon Speedlite 580EX II on-camera (disabled), 1/60 sec @ f/4.0, ISO 400. Shot in manual mode with no flash exposure compensation.