A&P Tokyo Special Import-Car Show Flash Q?

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  1. JDizzy92

    JDizzy92 New Member

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    So, I went to the Tokyo Special Import-Car Show and I still don't know how to use my flash really. I was just walking around and shooting with the Diffusion dome that came with my SB-800 pointed straight foward most of the time and set on TTL/BL mode, manual mode on my camera. I hate flash photography but it seems there is no other way around it in low lighting places taking pictures of people. I was wondering what you guys do for events and stuff like that.
    Here are some pictures I took of the event.
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    Some more pics here
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdw-photo/sets/72157620221153337/
     
  2. Jbrown

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    You hate using a flash? Just learn to use it and you will like.


    Most the pics are overexposed, and very snap shotty. On #1 try and keep all body parts in the picture.
     
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    thanks for sharing!

    take any shots of the giant gundam yet?
     
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    If you are using the diffusion dome on the sb-800, you should have the flash angled at 45 degrees, not straight forward (as long as there is a ceiling above you to bounce the light).
     
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    Is that a Bently GT in the 2nd to last pic? Holy fail, talk about ruining a classy/elegant car.
     
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    Doesn't seem like you set your white balance.
     
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    zackflavored KingShit's Post #55!

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    :werd: man i cant tell you how much of a difference it makes. All my photos looked liked yours, "snapshotty", once you throw on that WB, it definitely gives your photos a more realistic, professional edge.

    Even the preset settings work wonders
     
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    Get a flash bracket.

    Also you need to capture more of the ambient light and supplement with the flash.
     
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    I find that diffusion dome + 45 angle works well outside. I shoot bare if there is a ceiling I can bounce off of so that the light is not thrown in the widest setting.
     
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    Interesting, I'll have to try it out next time. I usually just shoot bare outside.
     
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    What White Balance do you guys set it at if it is ultra high ceiling lights kinda giving off a green/yellow tint to every picture. I remove a lot of green and yellow out of my pictures.

    No ceiling to bounce of too. I was saw someone else do the same set-up(straight foward) and just tried that. lol. I see some of those guys use a flash bracket also, so it turns the flash sideways when you have the camera horizontal.
     
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    Majority of OTAP probably doesn't believe in using a gray card(whiBal knock off). But, not only do I use it to meter exposure, I use it set my white balance.

    hope you don't mind, but here's a lil edit.
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    I don't think this place takes me seriously though :o
     
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    I don't mind at all. Looks like you brought the exposure up. The Top picture is your edit, right? I keep raising the exposure on every picture. Like on that one I didn't bother with the exposure and raise the recovery to 20, fill light to 20, black to 25, highlights to +10, shadows to -10, sharpening amount 55, -10 on reds, oranges, and yellows, lens vignetting -48, 40. I been doing this to most of the pictures from this event sometimes +0.25-0.50 on the exposures. Some reason everything comes out more orange when uploaded to flickr than it does in photoshop.
     
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    My main adjustment tools are:

    Exposure
    Contrast
    Saturation
    Vibrancy
    Clarity


    I like to keep it simple.
     
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    good call^

    a couple of guys i work with have puffers and light spheres and totally love them.
     
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    I been thinking of getting one of those. Only thing is I don't think I can make it fit in my backpack when I go on trips.
     

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