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Month without flash challenge - anyone up to it?

 
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Jan 20, 2014 11:10 |  #16

IMHO a much better challenge would be to only use flashes (and not bounced flash) for a month. Shooting only in available light as a challenge is like saying I'm only going to shoot in green box for a month. I don't think it's going to get you where you want to go.




  
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Jan 20, 2014 11:13 |  #17

A great challenge to tackle could be a month with only 1 flash, then the next month with two... and so on.


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Jan 20, 2014 11:22 |  #18

midget wrote in post #16620965 (external link)
A great challenge to tackle could be a month with only 1 flash, then the next month with two... and so on.

12 flashes @ 12 months?!?

You go first... ;-)a


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Jan 20, 2014 11:49 |  #19

drvnbysound wrote in post #16620991 (external link)
12 flashes @ 12 months?!?

You go first... ;-)a

I think the 3rd through the 5th month could be interesting and with YN-560s cheap enough.




  
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Jan 20, 2014 12:04 |  #20

OK, if we can't use flash, can we use flashlights? ;)


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Jan 20, 2014 14:01 |  #21

drvnbysound wrote in post #16620991 (external link)
12 flashes @ 12 months?!?

You go first... ;-)a

I mean... i guess we'd have to stop wherever budget dictated. Just an idea.


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Jan 20, 2014 14:38 |  #22

midget wrote in post #16621411 (external link)
I mean... i guess we'd have to stop wherever budget dictated. Just an idea.

Pffftt... that sounds like a limitation of creativity!


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Jan 21, 2014 01:16 |  #23

D 550D wrote in post #16613338 (external link)
What the title says basically.

taking advantage of available light.

I always have all my speedlights and other lighting gear with me; it's always available. :lol:
Shooting outdoor weddings it's important for me to make sure my images look good. By using my available light(s) I am better able to mimic natural light: the human eye can process a high-contrast scene (a sunny day with lots of harsh shadows) much better than the best CMOS sensor on the planet, no matter what the ISO. Bringing in additional lighting, in those situations, will look far better and more natural--how our brains see it-- than if I'd just shot with a really high ISO.


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Jan 21, 2014 01:39 |  #24
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I put the flash away once... those were some of the most terrifying seconds of my life. So, no thanks.


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Jan 21, 2014 08:19 |  #25

This one will be short :roll eyes: I figure it might be fun for hobbyists but I can't see how people who earn a living with photography and use a flash on a regular basis could do this.


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Jan 21, 2014 10:12 as a reply to  @ digital paradise's post |  #26

I agree with Adams: I use available light. Sometimes my flash is available.


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Jan 21, 2014 18:07 |  #27

digital paradise wrote in post #16623561 (external link)
This one will be short :roll eyes: I figure it might be fun for hobbyists but I can't see how people who earn a living with photography and use a flash on a regular basis could do this.

They wouldn't necessarily have to stop doing it for paid work. What about doing it for personal work?


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Jan 21, 2014 20:11 |  #28

^^^ That as well.


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Jan 21, 2014 22:15 |  #29

If one is trying to make pictures that are more than snap shots, then looking at the light is an important element for deciding how to make the picture.

One option is augmenting the light that is ambient to the situation with additional light. That's just good craftsmanship.

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