So, the Speedlite 580 EX II arrived yesterday. Got a chance to mess with it today.
I'm amazed, intimidated, confused, and intrigued by it. WTF, flash photography?!
The screen at the back with all the buttons and icons --- no idea what anything does. I read here and there to set it to ETTL (no idea what that means), and I read here to use a shutter speed of 1/200 or 1/250 when in a small room so that the flash will be the main source of light, and it won't be overexposed due to ambient light. Plus, if there are more than two types of main light with such different color temperatures (tungsten = warm; flash = daylight), the shot won't look that great.
...actually, I'm just talking about out of my you-know-what, here; I have no idea what I'm doing! Trial and error, baby...
Here are my five experimental shots, with absolutely ZERO editing whatsoever, SOOC:
No flash, Av:
M, 1/250, Flash, aimed straight at subject:
M, 1/250, Flash, aimed straight up:
M, 1/250, Flash, aimed straight up with built-in bounce card out:
No flash, M, with the exact settings that I used for the flash:
Obviously, the shot with flash straight up and bounce card out is the most appealing one. Now I just have to learn the intricacies of it all. Shooting outside in daylight and using flash for fill will be a whoooole different animal.
(P.S. -- All shots here were at ISO 200, f/3.2. All but the first were with a shutter speed of 1/250. The first one (in Av) was at 1/8 of a second.)
I wanted to try also just taping a white index card to the back to use as a larger bounce card -- just to see how much of a difference the size makes. Next time.
Wow, flash. Never thought I'd be here! I'll get it eventually...