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Feb 22, 2012 23:25 |  #1

I am having tons of issues shooting indoors with quality. Might be limitations of my equipment but more likely my ability. Just for reference, my low light equipment is either 70-200/2.8 or 50/1.4 and T2i body. Thoughts on how to improve?


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Feb 23, 2012 00:48 |  #2

nice, how big are these cars? how are they controlled?




  
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Feb 23, 2012 01:26 as a reply to  @ rick_reno's post |  #3

They're approx. 22 inches or so, depending on the body fitted, for 1/10th scale Short-Course Trucks. Typically they are controlled via a pistol grip transmitter, most newer ones run on a 2.4GHZ radio band, older ones use either AM or FM frequencies.

If you need another hobby, give them a try, LOL.

Here's a forum you can check out, if you're interested.

http://www.rcshortcour​se.com/ (external link)


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Feb 23, 2012 07:37 |  #4

it is a very expensive hobby, especially if you wanna race. I have only gone to the track 2 times as I only got a car in december, but I have spend well over $150 in those 2 times not including the car and batteries I already had. Plus the $15 track fee. Tires, wheels, better chargers and better batteries. Luckily I havent broken the truck yet, but that is only a matter of time and then its time to start digging deep.

Oh and Devil Inc, that is nearly exactly what my gear bag was not too long ago. Only difference was I had the 18-135IS instead of the 18-55IS.


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Feb 23, 2012 08:04 |  #5

It can be expensive if you bash a lot too. I'll stick to my rock crawlers.

I thought about an 18-135, but I got good deals on the 2 on their way.


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Feb 23, 2012 18:28 |  #6

Love the last shot!


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Feb 23, 2012 18:51 |  #7

No #3 is sweet!




  
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Feb 24, 2012 11:42 as a reply to  @ rrookey's post |  #8

Getting back to the original question, are you allowed to use a flash? Or is that too distracting to the "drivers"?




  
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Feb 24, 2012 11:59 |  #9

I honestly wouldn't see why you wouldn't be able to use a flash, as long as you weren't firing it towards the drivers. I'd check with the owner of the building/track and probably the other drivers to get idea of how they feel about using flash.

Ultimately I feel it's at the owner's discretion.


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Feb 24, 2012 12:00 |  #10

nothing against it as far as I know. I have only tried to use the on camera flash as thats all I brought with me on a previous day. I only have a 430ex so Im gonna try that out and see what I get. Not sure beyond that, some real strobes would be good but space is limited. Also I couldnt use it on certain parts of the track because that would be right in their eyes. But they change the track layout often so I wouldnt be stuck in one spot for ever.


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Feb 24, 2012 12:09 |  #11

Your 430ex would be better than the on-camera flash. How high is the ceiling in the building? If it's low enough you might be able to bounce the light on to the trucks.


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Feb 24, 2012 12:11 |  #12

its a warehouse so about 2 stories up with florescent overheads. I dont think bounce would really work so well, but I could give it a shot.


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Feb 24, 2012 14:01 as a reply to  @ peeaanuut's post |  #13

I was afraid that might be the case. I thought sending the flash straight towards the truck might cause some sort of flare, since lexan bodies tend to be rather shiny.


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Feb 24, 2012 14:12 |  #14

yeah, with the onboard flash i got alot of glare. I didnt try it with the puffer and that may have helped. Im gonna try the 420ex with the difuser and see if that helps slow em up a bit. I can fight some of the blur but the graininess of the shots is really what is killing em.


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Feb 24, 2012 19:59 |  #15

I'd skip the diffuser, and maybe try a snoot to help you get your light out to the cars. You're a pretty fair distance away, so you want to make sure the light is getting there with enough energy to illuminate your subject. The track is so soft and non-reflective, that you should be able to get the lexan bodies to "pop" very nicely with a proper flash (your 430EXII should work well for this). Also in ETTL mode, your flash should zoom to cast a decent light. Your on-board flash cannot and does not. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with how much a real flash will improve your shots.




  
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