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How to use Canon 580EX II effectively

Victor Ng , Mar 26, 2012; 07:53 p.m.

I've had a Canon 580EX II flashlight and looking for some good sources that show me how to operate it effectively, like when to use this/that function, under this/that condition, output needs to be increased/decreased, etc. The manual that comes with it doesn't offer much. I see many books and of course, they all say good things about their books. Anything that you can recommend me to read? Thanks.


Scott Ferris , Mar 26, 2012; 08:24 p.m.

Get this book. It is the canon flash bible and should come with every flash they sell.

Stephen Penland , Mar 26, 2012; 09:38 p.m.

Agreed. I'm reading that book now -- it's very detailed.

Jos van Eekelen , Mar 27, 2012; 02:55 a.m.

Andy Collins , Mar 27, 2012; 03:04 p.m.

Another excellent book is "Mastering Canon EOS Flash Photography" by NK Guy, who also posts here on this forum. So far this has been my favorite book on Canon flash.

Jeffrey C , Mar 27, 2012; 07:18 p.m.

Check out this site...


I got a lot of useful info on this website. It won't cost you anything but time to go through this.

R Smith , Apr 02, 2012; 04:05 p.m.

If you plan on using the flash on your camera then Neil van Niekerk's book "On-Camera Flash Techniques for Digital Wedding and Portrait Photography" is the best I have found on this topic.

Scott Ferris , Apr 02, 2012; 04:18 p.m.

Ah yes R Smith, and his website is excellent. I have half a dozen black foamie things in black and white.

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