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Speedliter’s Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites by Syl Arena

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Appendix 4. Six-Point Checklist for Speedliting

When you are feeling paralyzed by too many things to keep in your head, use these six areas to prioritize and sort out your efforts. I have listed them in the order in which I deal with each.

1—Ambient

There are two types of light in a flash photograph—the light that is already there and the light that your Speedlite creates. Settle on the exposure for your ambient light before you switch on your Speedlite. I typically:

• switch the camera from Aperture Priority into Manual mode when I want to lock in the exposure over several frames.

• underexpose the ambient light so that the subject—when lit by the Speedlite(s)—will jump out a bit from the background.

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