vfotog wrote in post #17697842
generally no. personally, never. it's usually not allowed, and for good reason. They're annoying to the artists. from a photographic standpoint, it's totally frowned upon and unnecessary
. show lighting creates an atmosphere; when you use a flash you are not capturing the live atmosphere but literally changing it. It's hard to imagine that you weren't able to get anything decent that wide open at 6400 and 2.8. 1/60 would be way too slow for me; too much risk of motion blur. You need to work on your skills and on your pp.
Not really unnecessary, just frowned upon, I can imagine that if there was only photographer and hardly any lighting at all, it can be acceptable, so long as the artists isn't completely blitzed by constant flashes and high settings on the flash gun (I've actually seen someone do that, not only did it annoy me, it annoyed the singer), plus you tell them in advanced because there are artists who are sensitive to flash photography especially those, dare I say it, with epilepsy
Just ask the artist in advanced, if they would allow, if not, then don't use it at all, because you will get kicked out if you don't listen. If they do allow, don't use the full high settings, not only will that kill your photos in terms of atmosphere, you are going to annoy everyone