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Curtis N
25th of January 2006 (Wed), 09:40
The vocalists in this band are theatre friends of ours. We tried shooting them with available light, but their lighting was so crappy that we didn't get much worth using. So with the band's permission, I cheated. ;) I grabbed the flash unit and blasted away. This bar had no ceiling to bounce off, just roof trusses painted black. :evil: So I had little choice but to aim the flash straight at them.

Who can figure out how I avoided a shadow under her hat brim in this one?
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Steve Parr
25th of January 2006 (Wed), 10:07
Next time, why not try bouncing off the black ceiling? I've seen shots that were successful with that...

Steve

René Damkot
25th of January 2006 (Wed), 10:13
Yep. Flashpower is a wonderfull thing to waste ;) It does work.
Also, use longer shuttertimes, high ISO and open aperture to catch as much ambient as you can. That way you get at least *some* of the atmosphere...

gmen
25th of January 2006 (Wed), 11:43
Who can figure out how I avoided a shadow under her hat brim in this one?Camera upside-down perhaps? ;)

---- Gavin

Curtis N
25th of January 2006 (Wed), 12:58
Camera upside-down perhaps?Gavin wins!

Steve & Rene', thanks for your input. I'll experiment with it next time.

Shabookie
25th of January 2006 (Wed), 13:38
I like the shots... I think they are pretty sharp and clean.
I would like to see a mix of flash and lil atmosphere shots!
Thanks for sharing.

DwightMcCann
25th of January 2006 (Wed), 20:22
Ah, the wonderful things you learn from the mishaps of others!

Maureen Souza
26th of January 2006 (Thu), 04:38
I think you did a great job, Curtis. I never thought to turn the camera upside down but I will use that info for future reference.

Curtis N
26th of January 2006 (Thu), 04:41
I never thought to turn the camera upside down but I will use that info for future reference.Notice the shadows on the back wall. It's a trade-off sometimes, but might be just the ticket if you're using fill flash outdoors, shooting someone with a big hat in the sun. I suppose it might be easier with a battery grip, too.

Maureen Souza
26th of January 2006 (Thu), 04:44
I've always said I need to get a grip. And that's before I knew about camera grips.

Inspired Photography
27th of January 2006 (Fri), 04:56
Nice shots.

I would have said off-shoe cord, but never would have guessed that you turned the whole thing upside down.

Rob

mrclark321
17th of February 2006 (Fri), 23:53
These are really great Curtis :)

Dan

Curtis N
18th of February 2006 (Sat), 09:27
Thanks, Dan, for the compliment, and the bump! :D