Here Are Completely Free Flash Photography Tutorials

Flash Photography

Looking for some good tutorials about flash photography?

Rob Hall put together a full series on using flash for your photography.

This series of videos is designed to help off-camera flash beginners quickly advance to lighting with purpose. First, this series assumes you have an understanding of the exposure triangle, and are capable of controlling your camera in Manual mode. While it’s possible to use flash with semi-automatic modes, I think it’s a requirement to understand lighting in manual mode if you want to take control of all aspects of your images. This series is broken down into short, easy-to-digest lessons that progress you from balancing a single light, to using multiple lights outdoors to drive home the story in your image.

You can access all tutorial videos here. Enjoy! Or you can start watching the video below.

Here Are 12 Common Photography Myths, Debunked

Photography

Tony & Chelsea Northrup try to debunk 12 common photography myths in the 30 minutes video below.

The discussed photography myths are:

  1. Should you fully discharge your battery to avoid a memory effect?
  2. Will deleting pictures in-camera corrupt your SD card?
  3. Do UV filters really improve image quality?
  4. Do higher megapixels really equal more noise?
  5. Do medium format cameras really have better “compression”?
  6. Is raw processing really better on your PC than in your camera?
  7. Can you edit JPGs?
  8. Do you really need to turn off image stabilization on a tripod?
  9. Are lenses really sharpest at the f/8 “sweet spot”?
  10. Is manual focus more accurate?
  11. Does Canon really have the best color science?
  12. Are memory card failures caused by bad brands or user error?

Canon having the best color science isn’t a myth, btw :-)

Canon EOS R Quick Tips Videos

Canon Eos R Firmware

Canon EOS R at a glance:

  • 30.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • UHD 4K30 Video; C-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF, 5655 AF Points
  • 3.69m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.15″ 2.1m-Dot Swivel Touchscreen LCD
  • Expanded ISO 50-102400, 8 fps Shooting
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, SD UHS-II Card Slot
  • Multi-Function Bar, Dual Pixel RAW

Canon USA posted a series of Canon EOS R quick tips videos. A huge set of videos.

All Canon EOS R quick tips videos are listed here.

Canon EOS R world-wide order links:

Asia & Australia: AliExpress, Amazon JAPAN, Amazon CHINA, Amazon INDIA, Amazon AU, Amazon USA, Digitalrev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Australia, Rakuten JP
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK, Canon IT, Canon FR
USA/Canada: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Adorama, Digitalrev, KEH Camera, eBay US, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy

Canon RF mount lenses world-wide order links:

Asia & Australia: AliExpress, Amazon JAPAN, Amazon CHINA, Amazon INDIA, Amazon AU, Amazon USA, Digitalrev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Australia, Rakuten JP
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK, Canon IT, Canon FR
USA/Canada: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Adorama, Digitalrev, KEH Camera, eBay US, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy

Learn How To Clean Your Lens With A Candle, A Spoon And A Lens Cleaning Cloth

Not sure if you should try this at home though it worked for Mathieu Stern as you can see in the video below.

What is it about? Instead of using a lens cleaning pen, you can do the same job with a candle, a spoon and a microfibre cleaning cloth. The tip of a lens cleaning pen is covered by “carbon cleaning compound”, which basically is soot. Soot sticks to oils and fats and hence works perfectly with those fingerprints on your precious lens. What is shown in the video is how to make your own “carbon cleaning compound”.

Watch the short video below carefully before trying it. Be aware that soot is a gentle abrasive, but still an abrasive. Using this trick too often might damage the lens over time (though it seems to work fine for Mathieu Stern).

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Photographer Vanessa Joy talks about the Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI

Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI

Canon SpeedLite 470EX-AI at a glance:

  • Auto Intelligent Bounce Head
  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • Guide Number: 154′ at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-105mm (14mm with Panel)
  • Tilts Upward 120°, +/- 180° Rotation
  • AI.B Full-Auto and AI.B Semi-Auto Modes
  • Optical Receiver Mode
  • LCD Panel
  • AF Assist Beam
  • Runs on 4x AA Batteries

Photographer Vanessa Joy walks you through the features of Canon’s Speedlite 470EX-AI at a lively kids’ birthday party. Enjoy.

If you want to know more about the Speedlite 470EX-AI, the Canon Digital Learning Center posted a set of technical/instructional articles.

Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI sells at $339 at B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon