Yesterday I was in a challenging situation in a wedding reception. High ceilings with little walls to bounce off of. Wood was the decorative material for parts of the walls. I guess this is where a quantum Qflash on a light stand with umbrella may have worked well.
I saw the hired photographer using direct flash (no stofen either) on a bracket. I just find this unacceptable due to harsh lighting. I wonder sometimes how people/clients consider acceptable.
Since I was not "hired" I casually documented my friends special day by keeping a distance away from the hired photographer. On the otherhand one of the relatives was one of the rude individuals glued to the hired photog stealing shots. I was the only one using a flipit and everyone else was using direct. Although a handful of people seemed to have zero concepts of light.
Is this harsh direct flash lighting considered acceptable? I had to get in real close stopping down the lens alot to get the desired dof with the 5d and 24-70l with 4 people group shots. Ambient exposure with some fill seemed to be extremely difficult. My 50D with 70-200 I used direct.
I find reception photos are simply boring and typically its just the MC and bridal group "speech" talk and some candid moments of the bride and groom.
The tight spaced restaurant was difficult to deal with but the light was horrible. How do photographers cope with such lighting conditions?