Secrets of using Canon E-TTL On-Camera Flash for Better Portraits

How to Shoot Portraits Like a Pro using Canon’s On-Camera Flash!

Have Modern Technology work for you instead of against you!

Notes I've taken on using E-TTL Flash and Photography over the years!!!

Bouncing Flash using on-camera flash and a flash card.

Hi, I’m Dave Likes

Everyone thinks it is the expensive camera that makes a good picture and not the photographer.

You now own the good camera but not all the pictures come out right? Especially when using flash?

You read the camera manual and learn but still you don't know why and more importantly "how" to get the picture you want?

Does this sound like you?

The short answer: 

If you don't know what circumstances change how the camera reacts, you will never get consistent exposures - especially with flash.

That is because Canon designed their camera and flash system to accommodate those that just want to push the button, yet they don't explain in their manual the specifics of what they did exactly.

An example of what I'm saying, take the flash quiz to let me prove it to you. Click on the link below.

A lot of the teaching of flash now days is to take the flash off camera. The problem is most pros are teaching off-camera flash the old fashioned way by using only manual flash mode. This eliminates the advances in E-TTL technology thus forcing one to take several time consuming test shots prior to taking the actual photo!

This method is slow. Every time you change scenes, or even step back a foot, you have to go through the process all over again! Subjects get bored waiting for you to take the real picture. By then you have lost their smiles!

To use the flash as Canon's engineers designed it to be, you must master on-camera E-TTL flash first! And it will make your off-camera flash much less difficult and time consuming to do as well. Now you can be as creative as you want!

After years of shooting portraits the old fashioned way, I started applying all I’d learned to on-camera flash, specifically to Canon’s E-TTL system. After a lot of trial and error I realized I could create the flash course that I always wanted!

The full answer:

Purchase the full course and learn how easy it is to get good results and great portraits as I fast track you to success! I'm so confident you'll be happy that I'm offering a money back guarantee!

Here is what you’ll learn:

  • Learn to take fantastic photos with on-camera flash and not need expensive studio gear!
  • Learn the 5 techniques that will make you shoot like a pro and beyond with little effort.
  • Learn to use the power of Canon's advanced E-TTL technology, as it was intended, which will save you tons of time.
  • Watch over my shoulder as I show you step-by-step what buttons to push as I show you how and explain why.
  • Learn from practical examples I show throughout the course as I show how my techniques are far superior to standard flash shots.
  • How to use camera controls to adjust and control the brightness of your background with ambient light.
  • Where to focus your camera for the most consistent exposure.
  • The “secret setup” that will allow you to shoot fast without losing focus lock. 
  • The clear explanation - after all this time - the exact settings for doing fill flash without underexposing your image.
  • More than ever before, if you follow my system you will get great looking portraits with ease and speed, when using your E-TTL flash on-camera.

    — Dave Likes, Certified Professional Photographer

Requirements for this course:

A Canon DSLR camera 

An external Canon (EX) or equivalent flash

Basic Knowledge of ISO, f-stop and shutter speed and use of your Canon camera and flash system

Can I use an off-brand flash that is made specifically for Canon?

Without owning those units, I can't really say. But I suspect that this course will be good for those owners too as most of the flash controls are built into the camera body and not the flash. E-TTL II is built right into the camera. The control buttons and access on the off-brand flash may be slightly different? You still have to have a modern flash that is capable of accessing E-TTL II. And most recently marketed flash for Canon do exactly this.

At any rate you have 14 days to find out with my money back guarantee. Let me know if you have any questions regarding this. I'd be interested to know!

Regardless if you are a Beginner or Advanced Flash Photographer

From basic step by step use of Flash Exposure Compensation to Advanced combination of Window Light and Flash Technique there is something there for everybody. And the videos are packed with "How to" in short 3 minute clips designed to get you quickly on your way.

Learn just what you want to and skip the rest. Go watch the videos in chapters 5, 6 and 7 and you are well on your way to shooting like a pro! For those that  want more in depth understanding of the Canon Flash system, I've included a written body of knowledge (built into the lessons), I learned from doing several years of Portraits with my Canon Flash that also reference outside links to further help you understand the system so you can make fantastic portraits with ease.

Also in this course you'll learn:

  • How to read the scene and pick out problem areas that fool your flash (and white balance) and be able to adjust for them without taking multiple test shots.
  • How I use my histogram when determining correct exposure.
  • When the "expose to the right" method sometimes can be wrong.
  • How to determine if your exposure is absolutely correct when using E-TTL.
  • Why using my "Flash and Forget" method is your best tool for getting consistent exposure.
  • A secret  little trick I discovered to shoot several times faster getting the exposure right every time.
  • Several techniques for getting professional looking portraits with using flash on-camera.
  • Pro tips that I learned from Master Portrait Photographers over the years and have modified them to on-camera flash. 

Each lesson includes a comment section at the end so you can ask questions that can be answered by me or other students enrolled in the course.

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Bonus PDF Download Included

Included in the course is a PDF download showing step by step procedure on how to do each lighting technique for quick and easy access.

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Table of Contents

Make your flash system work for you instead of against you!
Chapter 1: Why Canon Speedlights are King
The advantage of E-TTL and what you need to know
The advantage of using a speedlight over a professional studio strobe light
Chapter 2: Secrets of Canon Flash System learned the hard way
The effects of adding a second light source to your scene
Inverse Square Law explained in practical terms when concerned about over exposure
Where to place your autofocus point when doing portraits
Chapter 3: Understanding E-TTL versus E-TTL II
What E-TTL II does differently from E-TTL
Increased accuracy of E-TTL II and when you can use it
What happens to E-TTL II when using bounce flash
Chapter 4: Histogram and getting good exposure and white balance in problem situations
Learn to recognize scenes of when your camera and flash get fooled
Learn to recognize mixed lighting situations and what to do about white balance
How to use the histogram when determining correct exposure
When “expose to the right” using the histogram can be wrong
How to determine if your exposure is absolutely correct when using E-TTL Flash
Chapter 5: Dave's rules when it comes to controlling flash
Flash Exposure Compensation (FEC) and when to use it
How to get correct exposure every time using Flash Exposure Lock (FEL)
Learn the two best program modes to use when doing portraits with E-TTL
Learn Dave’s rules for when to use your camera’s autofocus points with flash
Learn Dave’s rules for bouncing flash in rooms for great looking portraits
Chapter 6: Understanding Canon's Fill Flash System Secrets In Depth
Setting Fill Flash correctly when using program mode and evaluative metering
Setting Fill Flash correctly when using manual camera mode
Chapter 7: Flash Techniques that will make you shoot like a Pro
Advantages of using Dave’s “Flash and Forget” Technique (FF) when you need accurate exposure
Technique #1: A secret little trick I discovered to shoot several times faster getting the exposure right every time
Technique #2: Window Light with Inverted Fill
Technique #3: Angle bounce and underexpose ambient to darken background
Technique #4: Reverse Window Light Method
Technique #5: Using On-Camera Flash Outside
Assessing a location to create a portrait
Bonus PDF download - Step by Step Flash Procedures
My flash is not doing what I expected it to do?
Troubleshooting FF Technique
The two most problem lighting situations beginners have questions about
How to set your camera up for back button focus
Tip for getting more in focus pictures when using back button focus with and IS Lens
When to use a flash bender to block direct light when bouncing flash inside
Understanding the Canon exposure Wheel on your camera
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