A&P attention photographers.....

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  1. Bavarian3

    Bavarian3 OT Supporter

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    do u guys ever use flash?


    i got my canon a85 camera today and was wondering what aperture is and how to use shutter speed properly. also, anyone else with this camera or the a80, what camera mode do u use when taking pics? do u always use the "M" mode? i noticed the auto settings arent too great.
     
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    I don't like using flash, because poorly done flash looks horrible. However, it is useful when the subject is backlit.
     
  3. one66stang

    one66stang Haters.com

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    Flash is your friend......... even OUTDOORS in the sun
     
  4. jackjohnson

    jackjohnson simple as something nobody knows OT Supporter

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    the lighting that comes from that type of flash and most others is known as intermittant lighting. meaning its a short burst. pros: portable, disposable. cons: washes out shadows giving no good perception of depth. Its mostly there for convenience.

    continuous lighting comes out thousands of times better since they can be placed say, up and from the left as if it were 2:00 in the day, or accordingly. cons: you cant drag around a huge ass lamp/"umbrella" with you everywhere. needs power source.
     
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  6. Bavarian3

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    how do u use to to your advantage when in already lit areas?
     
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    one66stang Haters.com

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    any light source is gong to cast shadows. You use your flash to fill those shadows. A ball cap, a nose, a tilted head. . All solved by fill flash
     
  8. Bavarian3

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    like this ?

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  9. k270

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    You might want to black out your license plate. A little helpful advice when posting your car image on the net.
     
  10. Bavarian3

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    why..? thousands of people see my liscense plate everyday
     
  11. jackjohnson

    jackjohnson simple as something nobody knows OT Supporter

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    i have no idea why any one would want to completely wash out their pictures with no shadows :hsugh:
     
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    In a nut shell, for outdoor use, flash is used to fill in it the shadows and reduce contrast. For indoor use, flash is often used as the main light source. Not necessarily a good thing.

    I will use flash as a main source but I bounce it off an umbrella or a white card in order to soften it. I use flash as a fill light for outdoor work but only in high contrast situations.
     
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    or not :ugh:
     
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    Heres a tip for you.

    I'm used to using external flashes.. so when I go back to my point and shoot I'm always a little disappointed. But fear not! There are tricks you can do to get better flash exposure.

    Cut out a piece of cardboard, preferebly thick like posterboard. Make sure its white, although you might want to make a yellow one to get more warm light.

    Hold it up the the flash so its at an angle (where the flash won't go forward, but it'll bounce off the flash and go up)

    Go to M mode and turn the flash exposure way up (unless you can do that in the other modes too) .. use the cardboard to bounce the flash up instead of forward. This should help you get more even lighting. Bouncing generally only works if you have a lowish ceiling or you're going to bounce off a wall (thats white).

    Outdoors, turn the flash down so its not the main light, just a fill. :hs:
     
  15. Bavarian3

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    thanks for the tip, ill definetly try out using flash outside more.
     
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    ElDude Hiya!

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    I've often wondered why people say this too. The only thing I can think of is that nutters on the net might think "I'm gonna wreck that and stalk his family" and look up the owner and his home.

    Either that or everyone is paranoid :big grin:
     
  17. FiremanSam

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    or some car thief thats out there may have nicked a similar car and decided to borrow your genuine plates to clone his motor then you'll end up with parking tickets, speeding tickets or even worse a police visit
     

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