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

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Chapter 5. Think Globally, Light Locally

THE LIGHTING COMPASS 61

ON-AXIS AND OFF-AXIS LIGHT 64

LIGHT FROM ABOVE...AND BELOW 66

Figure 5.1. The difference between these two images is the placement of the Speedlite. For the left frame, the 580EX II was in the hot shoe. For the right frame it was moved to about 60° left on the Lighting Compass and paired with a fill flash at 90° right. Going off-camera creates shadows which add a sense of depth and shape.

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