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Jun 14, 2011 12:27 as a reply to  @ post 12591080 |  #91

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Tim, what zoom do you typically have the 580s set too?

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35mm. Go on, ask me why. Why? Ok, i'll tell you. Just because. No good reason.

Really though, it varies a little depending on the room. For really tall rooms i'd use 105mm, for really small i'd use 24mm, for most i'd use around 35mm. I don't know if it makes a significant difference, but I just work out what area of the ceiling I want the light to come from, sight it through a lens (or guess), and set the zoom.

Try it out for yourself and see if it makes any difference.

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Jun 14, 2011 12:44 |  #92

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thanks, i should've searched better


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Jun 14, 2011 14:40 as a reply to  @ tolyD's post |  #93

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Tim, in this setup how much do you zoom in the speedlite head or do you keep it wide at 24mm? thanks

I doesn't make much difference, unless it's a really high ceiling, in which case I zoom the head quite a bit.


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Jun 14, 2011 14:49 |  #94

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I doesn't make much difference, unless it's a really high ceiling, in which case I zoom the head quite a bit.

I see, the one ill be shooting at this weekend has about two story high ceiling. so i guess i will have to zoom it in tight if im going to bounce it. I hope that works. thanks Tim.


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Jun 15, 2011 00:57 |  #95

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I see, the one ill be shooting at this weekend has about two story high ceiling. so i guess i will have to zoom it in tight if im going to bounce it. I hope that works. thanks Tim.

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I wouldn't rely on it. If I know the ceiling's that high in advance i'll take my AB800s and use those instead, with bigger venues the power of studio lights really come into their own, and there's more space to put them too.


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Jun 15, 2011 09:38 |  #96

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Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I wouldn't rely on it. If I know the ceiling's that high in advance i'll take my AB800s and use those instead, with bigger venues the power of studio lights really come into their own, and there's more space to put them too.

Yeah I see what you mean, I wish I had more pwerfull strobes then my speedlites. Since I dont have that I'll have to work with what I got and hope for the best.


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Jun 15, 2011 10:13 |  #97

I have a question about studio strobes Tim. I shot an event in a church with my strobes and couldn't help but wonder if pros ever use them in weddings because the flashes from them can be a little annoying. Do you dial down the power of them to avoid this, do you place them strategically to lessen the impact of the flashes or what? Thanks!


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Jun 15, 2011 10:28 |  #98

Use higher ISO and wider aperture then you can turn down the flash output.


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Jun 15, 2011 15:00 |  #99

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I have a question about studio strobes Tim. I shot an event in a church with my strobes and couldn't help but wonder if pros ever use them in weddings because the flashes from them can be a little annoying. Do you dial down the power of them to avoid this, do you place them strategically to lessen the impact of the flashes or what? Thanks!

I don't use flash in churches. Well, once in 120 weddings. I only use strobes at big reception venues, where they're not too intrusive.

I dial the strobes back to 1/4 or 1/8 and use higher ISO, mostly because it helps capture more ambient lighting effects.


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Jun 21, 2011 11:55 |  #100

All I can say is WOW! Thank you for all of that Tim. I will remember that. You are amazing


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Jun 22, 2011 04:48 |  #101

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Jun 27, 2011 05:24 |  #102

Amazing explanation and great set up! :)

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Jul 12, 2011 13:13 |  #103

Wow, lots to read, I just did it. Great topic, Tim you have helped a lot! Now I need to spend some more money :)


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Jul 12, 2011 15:11 |  #104

Have a related question, I am shooting a small (very small wedding) they are planning to do the reception in a small room in a hotel (semi private dining area) three sides are glass :( and cieling is black. so it will be a dark room. fourth side is half open for enterance :(
How would u light such a place?


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Jul 12, 2011 18:48 |  #105

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Have a related question, I am shooting a small (very small wedding) they are planning to do the reception in a small room in a hotel (semi private dining area) three sides are glass :( and cieling is black. so it will be a dark room. fourth side is half open for enterance :(
How would u light such a place?

Wow ceiling is black? Just one tip from me,then Tim :) don't bounce your light off the ceiling then :) try using the walls , column etc. Or just get me to Dubai and i will help you :)


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