Speedlighting Blog

Small flash photography from Angus Thomas Photography


I Love Flash – the candy

Its official – there are specialist sweets out there for the flash photography specialist. Sadly they don’t do one for the  HDSLR movie maker yet but presumably only because “I Love HDSLR Movie Making” would mean making the box even bigger and we like to travel light!  The evidence below – found by my kids […]

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On Camera Quickie

I’m a big fan of the off camera set up but sometimes on the way out to dinner you just want to grab a quick portrait of your gorgeous date and seize the moment – no time for the set up unless you want to kill the mood. Quick tip (oft repeated here) for fabulous […]

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Ring Flash Close Up

I have been using various Speedlight ring flash attachments over the years with disappointing results – I have even tried to make my own like a true Strobist. I have used both the Ring Flash Adapter and the Ray Flash. There is nothing wrong with the products themselves – solidly built and in theory fully […]

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Versatile Flash

My commercial work last week  shooting reportage and lit portraits using small flash (580EX I & II’s and Quantum Flash 5d), pocket wizards, a Canon ST-E2 and Canon 5d MkII bodies highlighted the reasons why it is imperative for photographers to learn how to use flash under all circumstances. Without a good understanding of flash […]

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Whitesnake in London 2011 – what no flash? How to shoot live music

Want to know how to shoot live music? As a break from the day job I got the opportunity to photograph live music this week – shooting rock gigs is great fun and a break from the lit portrait work.  Whitesnake were performing at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on Monday night and I went […]

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We’re Starting a Facebook Page

Speedlighters are starting a Facebook page at last – the aim is to build an online community of Speedlighter students where photographers can share their experience and images. We are also aiming to post lessons and tips on the page as well advertise all the new courses coming up in Autumn 2011. We are at […]

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High Speed Sync – Literally!

Want to catch that strobist/low ambient look but you either don’t have or conditions don’t allow off camera flash? High speed sync to the rescue. During my trip to South Africa in February I got the opportunity to tour SharonSwarts farm near Swellendam in the Western Cape, South Africa. I was riding in the open […]

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Canon EF 70-200 f2.8 L IS II USM Lens

I have been meaning to post an update on the 70-200mm IS MkII for some time but it seems I have been too busy using it to bother sharing the magic. To be fair the MkI was pretty exceptional as a piece of kit – fabulously blurred backgrounds, easily a match for the quality of […]

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Macro Portraits for Kids

Sometimes its fun to step away from the more traditional stuff we teach on the digital photography courses here. My stepson Harry 14 came home from school with an assignment to photograph tools last week. Being an independent kid he started to lay some tools out on the floor and take photos of them with […]

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Speedlight Essentials – Gaffa Tape

Anyone who has been on one of my small flash photography courses or one to one sessions knows that I am not very interested in gear – either it does the job or it doesn’t – I’ll sit out the tool belt shuffle thanks. However one bit of gear that is essential is the good […]

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