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

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Chapter 8. Flashing Manually

MANUAL FLASH—A WAY TO GET STARTED 93

WHEN TO USE MANUAL FLASH 94

SETTING POWER MANUALLY ON CANON SPEEDLITES 96

MY WORKFLOW: USING ONE SPEEDLITE IN MANUAL MODE 100

Figure 8.1. Manual flash is well-suited for any situation that requires repeatability. In the domino shot above, the precise shadows required that I adjust the power level manually.

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The Short Version

If you’re wondering, “Does ‘manual flash’ mean that I have to follow the instructions in the manual?” let me be the first to say, “Welcome to Earth.” If manuals were so handy, I’d be out of a job right now, wouldn’t I?

Manual flash is the basic mode of operation ...

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