Flash Photography Help for the Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D Pop-up Flash70D Pop-up Flash

Uh oh!  Bad lighting?  

Need some flash photography help for the Canon EOS 70D?


Good photography is all about good lighting and with a few simple tricks you can can dramatically improve your flash photography with your 70D.

You can do any of three techniques to get good flash lighting

  1. Adjust the camera settings to strengthen or diminish the effect of the flash.
  2. Modify the light coming from the 70D pop-up with an accessory.
  3. Use an an add-on flash like a Canon Speedlite or an alternative flash made by a third party manufacturer.


Simplest Flash Photography Help for the Canon EOS 70d

First, the boring answer.  Use the reader's manual.  Although it is not powerful, the built-in flash system in the Canon EOS 70D is sophisticated enough to handle a nice variety of your lighting situations.

It's not powerful enough to handle long distance flash, but you can set it for just the right amount of fill-flash with closer distances.

The standard 70D manual comes up real short in trying to find information on flash photography help for the EOS 70d. There is no dedicated section on using the pop-up flash or changing its settings and there is no index.


1.  Adjusting the strength of the 70D Flash

EOS 70D Flash Control Menu70D Flash Control Menu


Here is the sequence to adjust the exposure for the pop-up flash. Have your camera in front of you.

  1. Hit Menu button. Find "flash control" on second spot.
  2. Scroll down and select Built-in flash settings
  3. Select exp. comp.
  4. Use the wheel to add or subtract exposure

2. Modify your 70D Flash

You can use one of the pop-up flash diffusers.  They will soften the light up by scattering it. These are my least personal favorites because they are really only mildly effective for close-up photography.



Reviews on Flash Diffusers



The third fix for bad pop-up flash lighting is to add a speedlite or an alternative flash and connect it to your 70D hot shoe.


3. Use an External Flash

I use both the 270EX II and the 580EX Speedlites on my DSLR cameras because of the added power and the ability to bounce these accessories in a variety of ways.

After shooting aportrait of Molly the Mannequin with just the straight pop-up flash, I connected my 270EX II to the hot shoe of my EOS 70D to help improve the lighting on Molly.



Click any of the photos below to see it larger.

Sharp shadows on background would be worse with a darker background.



Slightly higher light sources cause shadows to fall lower.

Shadows are slightly diffused at this distance.


Softest shadows becasue the light source became a large section of the ceiling.


You can use the small 270EX II for snapshots and candids when you don;t need a lot of power and you want to travel lightly.  The 580EX II is the preferred choice for serious photo enthusiasts and pro photographers.

You can save a lot of money you stay away from the Canon Speedlites and go for one of the alternative choices for hot-shoe mounted flash units.


Advanced Flash Photography Help for the Canon EOS 70d

I hope this provided you with at least some flash photography help for your Canon 70D.  You can have a lot of fun playing around with lighting

As I've confessed previously, my writing skills won't win me a Pulitzer, so for full-fledged books on the EOS 70D and I recommend you consider one of the following resources:



For flash photography help for DSLRs, including the 70D, this book has extremely high reviews and is a huge seller on Amazon.


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Written by Bruce Lovelace



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