Here in Catalunya there is a celebration every year on the day of Saint George, here they call it Sant Jordi. It is basically the Catalan Valentines day. The tradition here is that the fellows give the women a rose and the women give the guys a book. Pretty cool deal if you ask me! As I am a Canon user, this year my wife gave me a new book on using Canon Speedlites from the well known Syl Arena. For me flash photography is a challenge and this book really covers everything you would want to know. I personally use a Canon Speedlite 580EX II. The thing I like about his book is that Syl not only explains techniques on how to use the family of Canon Speedlites, but many of his explanations also include a lot of theory which I really think is helpful as I can take that knowledge with me when I move on to a bigger and more complex setup, say for instance, in a studio with multiple lights. As I have mentioned before in photography my goal is capturing great light weather it be with or without flash and this book speaks to both ambient lighting and of course lighting with a flash. It gives you many things you can try at home and experiment and by experimenting of course you increase your knowledge and in the end you become a better photographer.
Thanks Syl for a great book! If you are interested in Syl’s book you can check it out on www.amazon.com USD 49.00