Mike Chan
Mike Chan

Mike is part of the Canon Digital Learning Center team as a Technical Specialist providing Online Educational resources to professional and advanced amateur photographers.

Using Linked Shot mode in a concert/event setting

September 24, 2013

Linked shot mode is one of those cool features from the Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT that made me think about how I could possibly incorporate it in a shoot. For those who are not aware, the Linked Shot mode enables the photographer to remotely fire up to 15 EOS cameras (with a Speedlite 600EX-RT or Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT attached on each) from an off-camera Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT or Speedlite 600 EX-RT. A really nice feature about the Linked Shot mode is that you are able to set your autofocus point and have the camera focus on that point before it takes a picture. This allows the camera to be completely unmanned and you won’t have to worry about pre-focusing the lens.

I shot a local punk band at a club and thought it was the perfect time to try out shooting from a different perspective using Linked Shot mode. With most concert venues, shooting from the photo pit garners shots that are typically below the eye level of the band. What I wanted to capture was a wide-angle shot of the band from an overhead perspective.

This is where Linked Shot mode came in handy. I attached an EOS 5D Mark III body with an EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT unit to a monopod fitted with a small ball head, which I held in one hand. The Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT unit on-camera was set as Linked Shot: slave (yellow). In the other hand, I had a Speedlite 600EX-RT set to Linked Shot: master (green). To activate Linked Shot, you can press the “REL” (release) button on the off-camera device set to “Linked Shot/Master.”

When the lead singer went to the microphone to sing, I raised the fully extended monopod rig above his eye line and used the “REL” button on the Speedlite 600EX-RT to focus and then fire the shutter. The Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT were roughly 8-10 feet apart, but could be as much as 100 feet apart.

While this is probably not the most conventional use for Linked Shot, I would consider this particular application usable for concerts, events, weddings, etc. where you want a different perspective. I can see myself using this with unique lenses such as the EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM or the EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM for some really interesting effects.

For more information about setting up Linked Shot mode, check out CDLC’s article on the topic.

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