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Isabel Cutler | profile | all galleries >> Canon 580ex Speedlite tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Canon 580ex Speedlite

Am I glad I finally gave in and bought this gem. No more time wasted on test shots. I use the camera on manual so I can get the depth of field I want with decent shutter speeds.

Important: Don't practice too much on your cats. Mine are no longer as cooperative as they were when I never used flash on them. They are now squinting, looking away and running away. This is not good! My dog, on the other hand, used to receiving a treat after he poses, is still cooperating!

Please note: It is not possible to trigger this flash remotely from the Canon 7D. You need the newer version, the 580ex II. I have the Canon ST-E2 remote trigger, which goes into the flash shoe and I use that for remote triggering.
Lighting Comparison
Lighting Comparison
two 580ex, one 430 ex ll  (bounced off umbrellas)
two 580ex, one 430 ex ll (bounced off umbrellas)
_MG_1865c Flash Bounced off Dark Fabric Draped Ceiling
_MG_1865c Flash Bounced off Dark Fabric Draped Ceiling
_MG_1864c Flash Bounced Off Dark Fabric Draped Ceiling
_MG_1864c Flash Bounced Off Dark Fabric Draped Ceiling
_MG_1862 Flash Bounced off Dark Fabric Draped Ceiling
_MG_1862 Flash Bounced off Dark Fabric Draped Ceiling
_MG_1791c Direct Flash with Omnibounce.jpg
_MG_1791c Direct Flash with Omnibounce.jpg
_MG_7880 French Bulldog Puppy - Five Weeks Old
_MG_7880 French Bulldog Puppy - Five Weeks Old
_MG_7812 Sammy and Ellie
_MG_7812 Sammy and Ellie
About a continuous background
About a continuous background
_MG_7504 Becca
_MG_7504 Becca
_MG_7525 Background didnt match drape.jpg
_MG_7525 Background didnt match drape.jpg
_MG_7525 Background Hue Fixed to Match Table Drape
_MG_7525 Background Hue Fixed to Match Table Drape
_MG_6733 colored gel under wide angle cover
_MG_6733 colored gel under wide angle cover
_MG_6736 backdrop flash no gel
_MG_6736 backdrop flash no gel
_MG_6737 Backdrop Flash Brown Gel
_MG_6737 Backdrop Flash Brown Gel
_MG_6694 Botero Collapsible 6 x 7 Dark Grey Background
_MG_6694 Botero Collapsible 6 x 7 Dark Grey Background
_MG_6680 What about me?
_MG_6680 What about me?
_MG_6677 85mm lens
_MG_6677 85mm lens
Just two umbrellas
Just two umbrellas
_MG_6594 Gray Towel
_MG_6594 Gray Towel
Lighting setup
Lighting setup
_MG_6576 Better Background
_MG_6576 Better Background
Lighting Setup for Ricky's Portrait which Follows
Lighting Setup for Ricky's Portrait which Follows
_MG_6529 Ricky with Umbrellas and Hair Soft Box
_MG_6529 Ricky with Umbrellas and Hair Soft Box
_MG_6531 indoor outdoor carpet on stand
_MG_6531 indoor outdoor carpet on stand
_MG_1083 branches removed
_MG_1083 branches removed
_MG_1083 White Squrrel with Better Beamer on Flash
_MG_1083 White Squrrel with Better Beamer on Flash
P1070171 Better Beamer Side
P1070171 Better Beamer Side
Better Beamer Lens
Better Beamer Lens
P1070069 HodgePodge
P1070069 HodgePodge
_MG_0475 Shiitake has Attitude
_MG_0475 Shiitake has "Attitude"
_MG_3733 Apollo Q39 Sunpak383.jpg
_MG_3733 Apollo Q39 Sunpak383.jpg
_MG_3703 Wild Birds Unlimited Supporter
_MG_3703 Wild Birds Unlimited Supporter
_MG_3706 toothy raider
_MG_3706 toothy raider
_MG_3700 Demb plus 383 on floor.jpg
_MG_3700 Demb plus 383 on floor.jpg
_MG_1881-Dandy-Dandie-Puppy
_MG_1881-Dandy-Dandie-Puppy
Large and Small Softbox
Large and Small Softbox
Too close to background
Too close to background
Changing Background Colors with Gels on Flash
:: Changing Background Colors with Gels on Flash ::
_MG_9727 Gabrielle
_MG_9727 Gabrielle
_MG_9728 Gabrielle
_MG_9728 Gabrielle
_MG_1446 Likes to collapse
_MG_1446 Likes to collapse
_MG_8817 Really Handsome
_MG_8817 Really Handsome
_MG_8896 Higher Hair half power right.jpg
_MG_8896 Higher Hair half power right.jpg
_MG_8884 Stronger Hairlight
_MG_8884 Stronger Hairlight
page from manual.jpg
page from manual.jpg
Experimenting with Manual Settings on Multiple Flashes
:: Experimenting with Manual Settings on Multiple Flashes ::
_MG_8794 Puzzled-ST-E2
_MG_8794 Puzzled-ST-E2
_MG_0240 Intrusive Color
_MG_0240 Intrusive Color
_MG_0240 Color Change
_MG_0240 Color Change
_MG_0242 Backlighting and Fill Flash
_MG_0242 Backlighting and Fill Flash
Burnt Out Spot Fix.
Burnt Out Spot Fix.
8054 Cross Lighting
8054 Cross Lighting
_MG_0136-Lights-setup.jpg
_MG_0136-Lights-setup.jpg
IMG_0216 with MS1
IMG_0216 with MS1
IMG_0222 Without Backlight
IMG_0222 Without Backlight
_MG_7482 I aint gonna pose for you
_MG_7482 I aint gonna pose for you
_MG_7486 Not thrilled
_MG_7486 Not thrilled
Learning Multiple Flash
:: Learning Multiple Flash ::
Belle
:: Belle ::
_MG_6876 Pensive
_MG_6876 Pensive
_MG_6881 Early Evening
_MG_6881 Early Evening
_MG_6882 The Look
_MG_6882 The Look
_MG_6733 Handful of Love
_MG_6733 Handful of Love
_MG_6711Morning Fill Flash
_MG_6711Morning Fill Flash
_MG_6183 Stofen Omnibounce Test
_MG_6183 Stofen Omnibounce Test
_MG_6184 Lightsphere
_MG_6184 Lightsphere
_MG_6048 Ornaments
_MG_6048 Ornaments
Walt and Jan
Walt and Jan
Sunset Background
Sunset Background
5622Ricky Velour copy
5622Ricky Velour copy
Black Dogs are Hard...
Black Dogs are Hard...
Cropped Head Light Bkgrnd
Cropped Head Light Bkgrnd
Setup
Setup
2slaveumbdirectlightsphere
2slaveumbdirectlightsphere
Background Replaced
Background Replaced
3981 Loveable Louie
3981 Loveable Louie
3964 A Favorite Toy
3964 A Favorite Toy
A Little More Work
A Little More Work
3960 Not Afraid of New Backdrop
3960 Not Afraid of New Backdrop
3106 Bounced from about 30 feet
3106 Bounced from about 30 feet
Difficult background!
Difficult background!
Changed wall color
Changed wall color
I don't need any exercise...
I don't need any exercise...
New Stool
New Stool
Just looking handsome
Just looking handsome
_MG_2237 Busy Bee
_MG_2237 Busy Bee
_MG_2044 Ant moving larva
_MG_2044 Ant moving larva
_MG_2017 Busy Ant
_MG_2017 Busy Ant
_MG_1887-Riot and Breeze
_MG_1887-Riot and Breeze
_MG_1893 Breeze and her son, Riot
_MG_1893 Breeze and her son, Riot
_MG_1364 Ghost Cat
_MG_1364 Ghost Cat
 I love fill flash
I love fill flash
High Ceiling
High Ceiling
Sandy
Sandy
Black works WELL for black dogs!
Black works WELL for black dogs!
So Dark
So Dark
Black Background Paper Reflects Light!
Black Background Paper Reflects Light!
Black Velveteen Background.jpg
Black Velveteen Background.jpg
549 Reluctant.jpg
549 Reluctant.jpg
508 Dome Bounced
508 Dome Bounced
496 With Dome
496 With Dome
Direct with Dome
Direct with Dome
Normal Position Reg Ceiling
Normal Position Reg Ceiling
Gary Fong Lightsphere II
Gary Fong Lightsphere II
Gary Fong Lightshere II.
Gary Fong Lightshere II.
Bogen Nikon Flash Adapter
Bogen Nikon Flash Adapter
455 Easter Cactus
455 Easter Cactus
With Gary Fong Diffuser
With Gary Fong Diffuser
430 Off Camera Flash.jpg
430 Off Camera Flash.jpg
437 Off Camera Flash
437 Off Camera Flash
He wants in that closet
He wants in that closet
Couldn't get this without flash
Couldn't get this without flash
Without Flash
Without Flash
346 Strong Sunlight
346 Strong Sunlight
351 Strong Sunlight
351 Strong Sunlight
They're getting harder to catch!
They're getting harder to catch!
Beegie Bounce
Beegie Bounce
Beegie Rug
Beegie Rug
Very little light in this spot
Very little light in this spot
In a dark room
In a dark room
Off Camera Bounce Fill
Off Camera Bounce Fill
My favorite 2-legged model
My favorite 2-legged model
Happy volunteer
Happy volunteer
Another community minded citizen
Another community minded citizen
Thanks, Sheri!
Thanks, Sheri!
flash on stand
flash on stand
Reluctant Model
Reluctant Model
Rice Filled Bag
Rice Filled Bag
Manual Flash Manual Camera
Manual Flash Manual Camera
213 Statue
213 Statue
276Seamless Background
276Seamless Background
301Late Afternoon Backlight
301Late Afternoon Backlight
New Background
New Background
Catchlight Panel
Catchlight Panel
My New Assistants - Listen to them
My New Assistants - Listen to them
Fancy Posing Table
Fancy Posing Table
So Smart
So Smart
No Diffuser - Direct Flash
No Diffuser - Direct Flash
No Diffuser
No Diffuser
With Lightsphere
With Lightsphere
With Softbox
With Softbox