Chapter 8: Working with Flash
With the EOS 60D, you have the option of using the built-in flash, which is handy in a variety of scenes and lighting situations, as well as the option of using one or more Canon EX Speedlites. You can also use the 60D as a wireless transmitter to fire one or more Speedlites, creating a lightweight and versatile portable studio.
In addition, you can control the built-in flash and one or more Speedlites directly from the camera menu, making it quick and easy to set up and use flash lighting. And you can control the settings as well as the Custom Functions for accessory Speedlites such as the 580EX II, 550EX, and 430EX II from the 60D’s Flash Control options (Shooting 1 menu).
Flash photography is great for everything from portraits and product shots to fun projects such as stopping the motion of water. Exposure: ISO 100, f/10, 1/6 second using a –1-stop of Exposure Compensation.
Flash Technology and the 60D
Canon flash units, whether they’re built-in flashes or accessory EX-series Speedlites, use E-TTL II technology. To make a flash exposure using Evaluative metering, the camera takes a reading of the light in the scene when you half-press the shutter button. When you fully press the shutter button, a preflash is fired and read by the camera. The camera compares the existing and preflash readings to determine the best flash output, and then stores ...