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Thread started 05 Jun 2006 (Monday) 11:05
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Jun 05, 2006 11:05 |  #1

Hey guys, was just curious how many of you leave your external flash on your cam. I think it would be a good idea I just find it to be cumbersome. What's your take on this?



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Jun 05, 2006 11:21 |  #2
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If I have an extended assignment, such as a graduation ceremony or a wedding, I leave the flash on the camera. Otherwise, it goes in the bag in it's pouch.



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Jun 05, 2006 12:22 as a reply to  @ liza's post |  #3

Well I just got my flash last week so take this with a grain of salt, but I have left it on the camera whenever the camera is out of the bag. When the camera goes back in the bag it comes off.


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Jun 05, 2006 12:39 |  #4

I use a real compact bracket, so I'll leave the frame on the camera, but keep the flash in my back pocket or camera bag until I need it. So I guess I leave the off camera cord on most of the time. The only time I don't use the bracket is when I'm at live events, and then I use the battery grip. For the very few flash pictures I take, I hand hold the flash off the camera, so it doesn't stay attached for long.



  
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Jun 05, 2006 13:13 |  #5

Only when I'm going to use it, indoors or out - Can't see the point otherwise ???


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Jun 05, 2006 13:19 |  #6

To put it simply: everytime I don't have a lightstand around, or don't have the time or the space to set up my light properly. /edit: apparently I misunderstood the OP - I leave the flash "out of the bag", if I feel like I might use it ;)




  
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Jun 05, 2006 13:23 |  #7

I should have made it clear that I'm talking about when your going to use it, not storing it in a bag or such. Like when you go shooting whether it be for a job or just going out walking around, do you normally have your flash attached to your cam? The reason I'm asking as we all know, we run into those times even when the sun is blazing that theres a shot you want to get and the shadows mess it up. Someone like Schmozel, his shots are always perfect of Julia. I often wondered if he and you guys normally just have it always on cam for those shots you just don't want to leave to luck of the light so to speak.



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Jun 05, 2006 13:39 as a reply to  @ Keiffer's post |  #8

Keiffer wrote:
I should have made it clear that I'm talking about when your going to use it, not storing it in a bag or such. Like when you go shooting whether it be for a job or just going out walking around, do you normally have your flash attached to your cam? The reason I'm asking as we all know, we run into those times even when the sun is blazing that theres a shot you want to get and the shadows mess it up. Someone like Schmozel, his shots are always perfect of Julia. I often wondered if he and you guys normally just have it always on cam for those shots you just don't want to leave to luck of the light so to speak.

His shots and others like it are the reason I bought my flash. I always had the thought of "It is daylight outside so I don't need a flash." Take a few shots without one and you soon realize how wrong you are. Now I just have to figure out how to use it.:D


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Jun 05, 2006 13:50 as a reply to  @ In2Photos's post |  #9

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His shots and others like it are the reason I bought my flash. I always had the thought of "It is daylight outside so I don't need a flash." Take a few shots without one and you soon realize how wrong you are. Now I just have to figure out how to use it.:D

Same here:-) And I totally agree, even though it's daylight out those pesky shadows always pop into a shot. I think with me it's because my brain has programed to see through them but in a printed shot.....they look like ****



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Jun 05, 2006 14:26 |  #10

I use more flash outdoors than indoors. The interesting thing is, unless you know what to look for, the casual veiwer can't see that it's a flashed shot.



  
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Jun 05, 2006 14:46 as a reply to  @ jfrancho's post |  #11

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I use more flash outdoors than indoors. The interesting thing is, unless you know what to look for, the casual veiwer can't see that it's a flashed shot.

Very true. A co-worker of mine was looking at some shots from her son's wedding and I asked her if the photographer (in this case they were just shots her other son took and he is not a pro) used a flash. She said she didn't know and asked why. Without flash the background would have been completely blown out to expose for the subjects, but these were pretty good.


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Jun 05, 2006 14:49 as a reply to  @ In2Photos's post |  #12

I wouldn't have the flash on the camera unless I felt I was going to need it. but I do like to have it in the bag.
Having said that, fill-in flash outdoors is great for lifting backlit subjects and removing harsh shadows from faces, and every time I use it outdoors I wonder why I don't do it more often.
But the whole set up is top heavy and cumbersome, especially with a good (heavy!) lens parked on-camera!


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Jun 05, 2006 14:53 |  #13

It's in the bag; it's on the bracket when I expect to use it.


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Jun 05, 2006 15:20 as a reply to  @ Jon's post |  #14

Since I travel with my camera usually in a LowePro backpack the flash can't stay attached. Also, when going very light weight the flash stays at home. If I know I will be shooting indoors then I load the flash onto the camera. But when shooting on location, my backpack is usually close enough I can add flash quickly if needed so it usually doesn't come out unless I need it.

So I had to answer only if I know I will be shooting indoors.

I should point out I have an 85/1.2L and usually shoot in a studio with strobes, so it is very rare I actually "need" flash


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Jun 05, 2006 15:53 as a reply to  @ Longwatcher's post |  #15

My response is probably skewed because I haven't had my 580 long, so it's still a new toy, but I use my flash much more often than I thought I would. It's been very helpful outdoors for fill.

While it's not always on the camera, I do find myself getting the flash ready whenever I think there's a chance I could be using it in the near future, rather than pausing to install the flash when I find that I'll need to use it right away.


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