A&P Bouncing the flash - Front Curtain, Rear Curtain? I am confused

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  1. Wobistdu

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    What is the best way to shoot pics of people indoors while bouncing my sb-600? I have gotten good results so far, but I never adjusted the default method. I believe it's set to front curtain on the d90?

    Anyway, would it be beneficial to change to rear curtain when using shutter speeds of 1/100-1/200?

    If so, why?

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  2. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    Use a high ISO. Aim the flash behind you or to the side so as to bounce off of walls, people, white elephants, etc. You can also bounce off the ceiling but you'll get "racoon eyes", ie shadows under the eyelid. Bouncing your flash off of colored walls will result in your images having the same color cast as the color of the wall.

    Rear curtain sync is used at slower shutter speeds when shooting with flash so as to put any blur behind the subject (assuming they're moving) instead of in front of them. This gives a more natural look to the shot.
     
  3. Cicada

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    rear curtain will fire the flash before the shutter closes
    front curtain will fire it when it opens.
     
  4. Wobistdu

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    so front curtain for something like a person in front of a casino in vegas? get foreground and background

    rear for shooting a person in doors at 1/100?
     
  5. Wheezer

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    Both, front and rear curtain syncs are for slower shutter speeds. Usually to show motion.

    Ex:
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    Top train is with front curtain. Bottom train is with rear. Flash is fired either at the beginning of the exposure or end.

    http://www.shortcourses.com/use/using6-2.html

    If you want something like your example, you'll expose for the casino in the background and use your flash to expose for the foreground (or use TTL/BL with matrix meetering).
     
  6. Wobistdu

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    thanks for the info
     
  7. Gvidon

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    You can do some neat stuff, that is if you know what you are doing :bowdown:

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  8. SkiMax

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    someone had a really awesome rear curtain shot on here a while ago... probably turbodude because I think it was a club shot...
     
  9. Beege

    Beege If I had a dime for every time I was wrong, I'd be

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    not directly overhead in my experience if you have a white ceiling, which most people do.
     
  10. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    Search for turbodude's threads. He does club photography and is awesome at dragging the shutter with TTL. He had one where he posted demos of different settings and what he learned looked better, etc. Will give you a quick idea of what direction to go in for the look you want.
     

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