Podcast 276 : A Chat with Syl Arena

by | Jan 25, 2011 | Art Talk, Gear, Podcast | 0 comments

I’m really pleased today to be able to bring you a recording of a chat that I had with photographer Syl Arena this afternoon. Syl is like the Canon version of Joe McNally, and like Joe, his teachings aren’t specific to any one system, so not only will any photographer benefit from reading his new book, the Speedliter’s Handbook from Peach Pit Press, but I’m sure you’ll find some great gems of information in our chat today as well. So here’s my conversation with Syl Arena.

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In our chat we discuss many different topics, but also dive into the details of the Speedliter’s Handbook, which although I haven’t read fully as of Jan 25, 2011, I have seen enough to know that it’s incredibly well put together, with a wealth of information, and beautifully illustrated with hundreds of Syl’s top quality images, and illustrations. It’s not hard to see where the eleven months that it took Syl to put the book together went.

A Sample Spread from the Speedliter's Handbook, by Syl Arena

A Sample Spread from the Speedliter’s Handbook, by Syl Arena

Syl also gives us a great lesson in Flash photography exposure, and how the shutter speed controls the ambient light in flash photography, as illustrated in the below image, shot at the same time, but with such a difference in how the ambient light (sky etc.) is recorded in the image.

Display of Controlling Ambient Light with Shutter Speed

Display of Controlling Ambient Light with Shutter Speed

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

Syl Arena's Speedliter's Handbook

Syl Arena’s Speedliter’s Handbook

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