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Jan 09, 2013 16:07 |  #2821

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Jan 09, 2013 17:47 |  #2822

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My girlfriend wants a new Fusion..this makes it even more tempting to say OK. Not completely my style, but shows the potential they have.

Nice lighting too!

The car is pretty crazy looking. I kinda like it.

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Jan 09, 2013 23:44 |  #2823

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Jan 10, 2013 12:01 |  #2824
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The automotive strobist / off camera flash SETUP PIC thread

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Jan 10, 2013 14:50 |  #2825

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You beat me to it lol, I was wondering too.


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Jan 11, 2013 04:05 |  #2826

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Pic from earlier this week, Actually didn't even use my canon for this one. Shot this on a Samsung NX100 to give it a little test and see how that thing does. I could never switch down to something like that but i wouldn't mind having one in addtion to a full-DSLR.

...AND, since I had someone else with me (Samsung Rep) we were able to shoot some BTS video. I setup the shot and moved the lights around and he hit a shutter release for me. Then i'd go look at my frames and make sure we got the exposures I was looking for and didn't miss any areas on the camera. Final image:

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Sorry to dig up an old post but I really need some advice..

I noticed that you have strobed the car in the background in this shot and it looks fairly far away from the camera.

However, I went for a practice shoot the other day, using a 70-200 F4 at 70mm, so I was a reasonable distance away from the car, I had a friend strobing the car for me, but for some reason they had absolutely no effect on the image from that distance... As soon as I moved closer they lit up the car. My flashgun has a guide number of 60 so its fairly powerful. How does this shot you have taken pick up the stobes so well from that distance? I just figured that because I was too far away it wasn't going to work, until I scrolled to your post and now I'm confused..


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Jan 11, 2013 11:48 |  #2827

SMRimage wrote in post #15473967 (external link)
Sorry to dig up an old post but I really need some advice..

I noticed that you have strobed the car in the background in this shot and it looks fairly far away from the camera.

However, I went for a practice shoot the other day, using a 70-200 F4 at 70mm, so I was a reasonable distance away from the car, I had a friend strobing the car for me, but for some reason they had absolutely no effect on the image from that distance... As soon as I moved closer they lit up the car. My flashgun has a guide number of 60 so its fairly powerful. How does this shot you have taken pick up the stobes so well from that distance? I just figured that because I was too far away it wasn't going to work, until I scrolled to your post and now I'm confused..

was the flash firing? distance can make all the difference in the world for radio triggers. was your camera shutter slower than the sync speed?


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Jan 12, 2013 06:11 |  #2828

Yea it was firing, my shutter speed was 1/80th of a second, as I say when I moved the lens closer with no settings changed ( to a point where I couldn't fit the whole car in the frame) it was lighting up the bodywork perfect, just when I moved away... absolutely nothing. :S


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Jan 12, 2013 10:14 |  #2829

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Yea it was firing, my shutter speed was 1/80th of a second, as I say when I moved the lens closer with no settings changed ( to a point where I couldn't fit the whole car in the frame) it was lighting up the bodywork perfect, just when I moved away... absolutely nothing. :S

What was your aperture set at?

Aperture controls the flash, so if you are trying to shoot at ƒ/16 for instance, you won't get as much light as if you shot at ƒ/4 for example.

The distance should not play a roll. As long as the flash is firing, it is probably due to the power setting of the flash either it isn't reaching your subject or your aperture is set too small for the power.


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Jan 12, 2013 12:40 |  #2830

My Aperture was at f5.6, what kind of ISO would you recommend for daylight conditions when using strobes? I'm also wondering if my ISO sensitivity was just too low?

Now that I know it should work (regardless of distance from the camera) I am going to go out and try again when the weather picks up, hopefully with more success this time.


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Jan 12, 2013 13:15 |  #2831

I'd start at your lowest ISO setting.

How are you triggering your flash? You are 110% positive it is firing and you aren't seeing a burst from a different flash, or the pop-up if you are using it to trigger the speedlite?


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Jan 12, 2013 13:31 |  #2832

I am firing the flash using a Godox Reemix trigger connected to my 7D by a PC sync cord, I stood back from the camera to ensure that when I pressed the shutter it was firing and it definitely was.

As an example question....

If I was closer to the car, and had the flash power set to half with all settings as above and the camera picks it up no problem, when moving the camera further away do you need to increase the power of the flash to achieve the exact same effect?

Thats the only other thing I can think of being wrong, I left the power set the same even when I changed the distance of the camera to the car. But it didn't even look fainter, it just looked like I hadn't fired it at all.


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Jan 12, 2013 13:41 as a reply to  @ jst1cam's post |  #2833

Here are my shots for you to see what I mean.....

F5.6, at 70mm, ISO 100, no settings changed, only the camera distance.


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Jan 12, 2013 14:29 |  #2834

SMRimage wrote in post #15479403 (external link)
If I was closer to the car, and had the flash power set to half with all settings as above and the camera picks it up no problem, when moving the camera further away do you need to increase the power of the flash to achieve the exact same effect?

Only if you are moving the flash further from the subject. If you leave the flash in the same spot for the close shot and far shot, the same settings should yield the same results.

Based off your sample shots, your flash did NOT fire in that full car shot. If it did, the rear of the hatch would be lit the same and then the other portions of the car fall off into 'low-light' from the ambient.


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Jan 14, 2013 00:40 |  #2835

yea your flash either didn't fire...or it did but your getting a delay at that working distance so your sync is off. Your limitation appears to be your radio triggers not the focal length of the 70-200.


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