The inventor of flash sync

So in my book on flash, Mastering Canon EOS Flash Photography, I start off with a little history of flash and how modern flash tech came about. And one thing I never found out was who first developed flash sync technology.

Turns out he was alive when I wrote it! The New York Times reports that German mega-inventor Artur Fischer, creator of the fischertechnik toy system and the humble yet ubiquitous wall screw anchor, was also the inventor of flash sync. Fischer, who died on January 27 2016 at age 96, invented flash sync in 1947, selling the technology to Agfa.

Thank you, Herr Fischer!


It’s almost here!

Yes, the second edition of my hefty tome on flash — Mastering Canon EOS Flash Photography — is almost here. It’s been printed, as evidenced by this photo, and is on a slow boat from China. It should be hitting bookshops around the world in March.

It’s a reasonably significant update, as it brings the book up to date with the latest developments, particularly Canon’s radio flash technology. It covers both the Speedlite 600EX-RT and the groovy new Speedlite 430EX III-RT flash units.