It takes a few minutes for Bob Davis to delve into the details of his speedlighting techniques, but once he does, his two-hour long presentation offers viewers non-stop learning. As a former photographer for the Chicago Sun-Times, Davis has plenty of tips to share:
One of the most interesting topics of conversation covered in the video is the importance of “getting it right in camera.” Taking the extra step to ensure your lighting is correct and flattering before you start taking photos is all important.
Davis also talks about what gear he uses and offers in-depth explanations of how he came to decide which gear to buy. According to him, a photographer should always invest in the nicest quality gear they can afford. Skimping on equipment can leave you in a bind when the shooting conditions of a certain assignment surpass the capabilities of your DSLR. For that reason, Davis uses Canon 1DX bodies, a pro-level DSLR with remarkable durability. He also uses Canon speedlights.
Throughout the presentation, Davis shares useful secrets about his lighting setups, including a number of lighting diagrams that clearly illustrate his techniques:
The comprehensive video tutorial above is great for photographers who want to be more flexible. Mastery of speedlights gives you the versatility to create amazing photos in any situation that’s thrown at you.