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Dec 22, 2012 16:22 |  #76

Here is a santa pic I took of the kids the other weekend. I remembered the flash didn't go off in a couple of the shots, so though I might be able to find some good example pics.

Everything about the shoot was set, location, angles, etc. My lighting choices were either use just the ambient or supplement it with on camera flash. The ambient situation was a big window camera left and flourecent lighting camera right. When it was our turn I had about 20 seconds to take the pic.

I ended up using my flash with the Sto-Fen Omnibounce; something I almost never do and have not done for at least a couple years.

Here is the no-flash shot.

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And here is the picture where the flash did go off.
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Dec 22, 2012 16:27 |  #77

Another one!

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Dec 22, 2012 16:42 |  #78

Something about a red dress... Great shot!




  
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Dec 23, 2012 14:38 |  #79

doidinho wrote in post #15397492 (external link)
Here is a santa pic I took of the kids the other weekend. I remembered the flash didn't go off in a couple of the shots, so though I might be able to find some good example pics.

Everything about the shoot was set, location, angles, etc. My lighting choices were either use just the ambient or supplement it with on camera flash. The ambient situation was a big window camera left and flourecent lighting camera right. When it was our turn I had about 20 seconds to take the pic.

I ended up using my flash with the Sto-Fen Omnibounce; something I almost never do and have not done for at least a couple years.

Here is the no-flash shot.
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And here is the picture where the flash did go off.
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Great example of how flash can enhance.


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Dec 23, 2012 16:31 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #80

@Rodizzle - fantastic! CTO on the flash?


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Dec 23, 2012 16:35 |  #81

doidinho wrote in post #15387235 (external link)
Is there a specific definition of "balanced" that we are using for this thread?

Pretty sweet shot for a GWC Jay.

I've NEVER seen a shot of Jays that could pass as just a GWC shot. Jay is always "on". :D


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Dec 23, 2012 18:18 |  #82

My son and his best friend helped me out for a shoot. This was just a test shot with them standing in.

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Dec 24, 2012 01:23 |  #83

PeyDay17 wrote in post #15400803 (external link)
@Rodizzle - fantastic! CTO on the flash?

Thank you, no just a speed light in a fake octobox.


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Dec 24, 2012 08:51 |  #84

rodizzle wrote in post #15402149 (external link)
Thank you, no just a speed light in a fake octobox.

Awesome, thanks.


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Dec 24, 2012 10:11 |  #85

dmward wrote in post #15393139 (external link)
It takes some planning and paying attention to where the sunlight is coming from etc. But yes you can get it done.

Rarely have time to bother with umbrellas etc. when shooting on the run with a bride and groom. They seem to be more interested in interesting shots around the city than perfect lighting. So that means I am using the flash for fill, which may be the intent of this thread's title. Here's an example;

David, when you are shooting like you do, do you use the camera light meter to adjust for proper exposure? Do you shoot in Tv?

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Dec 24, 2012 12:17 |  #86

I always struggle to get this right. I plan to spend as much time as possible in 2013 to improve in this area. Here was one attempt that I think came out pretty good.


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Dec 24, 2012 12:58 |  #87

leeport wrote in post #15402965 (external link)
David, when you are shooting like you do, do you use the camera light meter to adjust for proper exposure? Do you shoot in Tv?

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Outside, I am almost always in Av mode.
That lets me use EC and FEC to get the exposure I want as well as balance between ambient and flash.

Inside I change the camera to M to make sure I have a fast enough shutter speed, then use F stop and ISO to get the ambient exposure and ETTL plus FEC for the flash. During a day I maybe have 3 or 4 images where the exposure is really bad. And invariably its me forgetting to change a setting I knew needed changing.


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Dec 24, 2012 13:12 |  #88

I don't know if it's the best but here is one from a couple of weeks ago

XSi/450D - Tamron 17-50 @f2.8 - Yongnuo flash

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Dec 24, 2012 13:25 |  #89

sdipirro wrote in post #15403348 (external link)
I always struggle to get this right. I plan to spend as much time as possible in 2013 to improve in this area. Here was one attempt that I think came out pretty good.


That looks very well balanced to me. Aside for the hot spot it looks spot on.


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Dec 24, 2012 13:26 |  #90

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Thats some sweet light.


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