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just got my Canon 430 ex II for xmas, some advice please.

 
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Dec 26, 2011 12:59 |  #1

I am a newbie to external flash but wow have i noticed the difference it is amazing! When bouncing my flash off the ceiling in portraits how do i prevent shadow of eyelids and under eye brows? thankyou.


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Dec 26, 2011 13:03 |  #2

You can use a bounce card or angle the head forwards to throw some of the light towards your subject. Or bounce off a wall I think.


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Dec 26, 2011 13:09 |  #3

Goggle diy flash diffuser and you will get plenty of choices, here s one
http://dslrblog.com …iy-flash-bounce-diffuser/ (external link)


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Dec 26, 2011 13:42 |  #4

Give your self some room between your subject to allow the ceiling bounce to work. Try off camera bounce.



  
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Dec 26, 2011 13:53 as a reply to  @ mrgooch's post |  #5

Some good stuff here (external link) :)


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Dec 26, 2011 14:55 |  #6

just got the same flash today. seems awesome, much better than my old vivitar flash.

anyone know how to put the slave mode on? directions only came in french :(




  
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Dec 26, 2011 15:00 |  #7

If you mean optical slave, the 430EX II doesn't have one. You'll need to buy a slave trigger. If you mean wireless mode, hold down the Zoom/lightning bolt button.


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Dec 26, 2011 15:05 |  #8

Talking about the 430 EX II and the 40D.
I use the 40D often with a 3 steps bracketing, especially in AV mode.
Can I use the bracketing procedure together with the 430 EX flash and how do I have to do the settings?
Just bracket the camera and change the flash to M?
I shoot a lot of interior homes for Realtors.




  
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Dec 26, 2011 15:07 |  #9

First "don't" is don't bounce from the ceiling.
Where you aim your flash becomes your light source.
You want to aim for a side or back wall instead.
If you study basic portrait lighting (there's tons of info out there), you will never see a lighting set up with the main light directly above the subject's head.
That's why your flash also swivels...experiment LOTS and learn what it can do.
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Dec 26, 2011 15:18 |  #10

mjhaeh wrote in post #13601175 (external link)
just got the same flash today. seems awesome, much better than my old vivitar flash.

anyone know how to put the slave mode on? directions only came in french :(

Download the instructions from Canon site.


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Dec 26, 2011 16:18 |  #11

PipesInTune wrote in post #13601222 (external link)
First "don't" is don't bounce from the ceiling.
Where you aim your flash becomes your light source.
You want to aim for a side or back wall instead.
If you study basic portrait lighting (there's tons of info out there), you will never see a lighting set up with the main light directly above the subject's head.
That's why your flash also swivels...experiment LOTS and learn what it can do.
Good luck!


Some homes do have very colorful walls which let me bounce the flash from the ceiling.
I choose the area that will highlight a certain part of the room and this works well for me.
But I am looking for more options. I do not take portrait and have no interest in it. As a retired engineer I have more interest in architectural photography.
Bracketing in AV mode, playing with window blinds and hdr gave me also some results.
But I like to find out if there is also an option with flash and bracketing.




  
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Dec 26, 2011 19:23 |  #12

Go here... and let the obsession ensue...

http://strobist.blogsp​ot.com/2006/03/lightin​g-101.html (external link)


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Dec 26, 2011 19:40 |  #13

Ronny Geenen wrote in post #13601215 (external link)
Talking about the 430 EX II and the 40D.
I use the 40D often with a 3 steps bracketing, especially in AV mode.
Can I use the bracketing procedure together with the 430 EX flash and how do I have to do the settings?
Just bracket the camera and change the flash to M?
I shoot a lot of interior homes for Realtors.

I think you're talking about Auto Exposure Bracketing, right? I don't have a camera on me, but I think it's disabled once you mount a flash to the camera. If you're talking about Flash Exposure Bracketing, the 430ex is not capable of that. You'll need a 500 series EX flash for that.

BTW, you should probably search or start your own thread instead of hijacking this one ;)


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Dec 26, 2011 19:55 |  #14

You could also use a diffuser, like Sto-Fen or Gary Fong... They not only bounce the flash off the ceiling, but they also light up like a bright light bulb... Attached was shot with a 1D II N and a 430 EX II with a sto-fen pointing straight up... http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …mni_Bounce_for_​Canon.html (external link)


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Dec 26, 2011 19:56 |  #15

mjhaeh wrote in post #13601175 (external link)
just got the same flash today. seems awesome, much better than my old vivitar flash.

anyone know how to put the slave mode on? directions only came in french :(

Click the link in my signature and then read the "Using Canon Wireless Flash" tutorial.


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