A&P How often and when do you use flash?

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  1. Smeghead

    Smeghead New Member

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    Cause I never user it unless I want to take snapshots of friends or family in a room.
     
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    I use it a lot, but it's pretty much always off camera.
     
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    Every time I walk into a studio.
     
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    I use mine a lot, but right now with work and the season (dark sooner) I do mainly still life. You should try it. Get creative with some blacklight items, all it takes is a clamp light, a flash, a card table and some elmers foam boards (black white or both)
     
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    a lot more these days than I did before.
     
  6. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    I use some sort of controllable light for just about every shot I take.

    on camera flash, off camera flash, controlling hot lights, etc.

    control over my picture > *.
     
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    I typically hate flash photography and use it sparingly, give me natural light anytime.
     
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    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    define 'natural light'

    do you only shoot using sunlight?

    or do you consider the random placement of a table lamp or street light to be 'natural'?
     
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    Perhaps available light would be more accurate a term. No light source added for the direct purpose of taking a photograph.

    I hope that clears up your confusion.
     
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    ballz Two of 'em OT Supporter

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  11. xenon supra

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    more often now, but I hate using on camera - indoors, I always get the worst shadows :wtc:

    I use an on camera flash outside for fill light, and indoors I usually just don't use one
     
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    I use off camera lighting maybe 70% of the time.

    On camera flash(not built in) 10%

    No flash 20%
     
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    Probably 90% of my photos had some kind of added light.
     
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    You're doing it wrong.
     
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    I've made several posts about it and never get any decent pointers.

    Say you are indoors, your subject is 5-10 feet in front of a wall, you need flash but don't want any shadows, what do you do?

    Pointing flash straight up at ceiling still casts a shadow.

    halp!
     
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    Point the flash behind you, to the left or right or even off a the white shirt of the person standing next to you.
     
  17. Lol McRofles

    Lol McRofles Lollers OT Supporter

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    Alot, I currently have my managers 550ex that he has let me borrow for almost a year now. It makes such a big difference.
     
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    I love pointing the flash head behind me, it works well in small spaces.
     
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    what do you guys use the built in flash for? nothing?
     
  20. Smeghead

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    Yeah I got the same attitude.
     
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    Hmm, you got any examples?
     
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    I got my SB-600 this summer and have been using it more and more. My snapshots look 100x better :)
     
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    right and left generally cast shadows as well, just off to the side a bit. and cause the lighting to be a bit uneven.

    i'll give the behind me a try, do you point it up at 45 degrees or just straight behind?

    thanks :h5:
     
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    no confusion.

    I just can't comprehend how a lot of you guys are perfectly ok with being stuck with whatever light happens to be available when you want to shoot. It's way too uncontrolled for me.

    I mean unless you're a photojournalist, why would you limit yourself to that?
     
  25. xconverge

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    Commanding my sb600 from my d70. Besides that, nothing unless I am taking party pictures, then I will just use the p&s probably though.
     

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