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Jan 04, 2008 00:13 |  #1

Hi all. I did a quick search about this subject and did not find anything useful for my situation.

There are several upcoming car shows. Most of the shows are inside a huge convention center. I am somewhat prepared for the events and got some ideas to play around and experiment with. I'll be mostly using my Tamron 17-50mm, tripod, shutter cable release, and a polarizer to take shots of the cars.

What I'm worry about is when taking shots with models in it. I'm thinking I will have to use my external flash unit but I'm really confused on the subject of using flash. I probably want to use some sort of diffuse lighting whether it comes from light bouncing off a wall, a type of diffuser, or any other techniques to diffused light. If I had to bounce light, then I would be in trouble since I'll be in a very large open area and bouncing light would seem impossible. So is my only option is to use direct flash? I do have "abetterbouncecard", a generic flash card, and a stofen cup. Is there a way I could use these to produce good shots? Also, I'll be shooting among other camera users so I probably be switching to my Sigma 70-200mm to get the half body and face shots. Oh, I have a feeling I'll be shooting in protrait mode most of the time so that would effect how I would use the flash unit. And another thing is if I do want to take a shot of the model in front a car, I'm worry that the flash will cause a huge reflection off the car.

If anybody has any tips for my situation, that would be great. Also, tips in general would be helpful to. Any information I gather will help me try new things out and learn while having fun :)




  
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Jan 04, 2008 08:52 |  #2

I'd try to use the flash as fill, not to overpower the light already there, so on-camera with your card would be OK.
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Jan 04, 2008 09:29 |  #3

Depending on how popular the show is, I'd be tempted to leave the tripod at home. It'll be unlikely that you'll be able to set up it how you like without causing an obstruction to the other attendees.


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Jan 04, 2008 18:21 |  #4

To give you an idea where I'm going, here's the first event:
http://www.motortrenda​utoshows.com/sanjose/ (external link)

The second event is in San Francisco and will take place inside a very large car garage. So lighting here will be extremely poor.

I don't know what to expect because most car show events I goto are outdoor so I don't really need a tripod but since I'm trying indoor car shows, I have to formulate a plan to tackle the issue of light availability. I'm assuming it will be pack so a tripod wouldn't be such a good idea.




  
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Jan 05, 2008 04:35 as a reply to  @ zasboy's post |  #5

This has worked well for us in similar situations:

http://www.lumiquest.c​om/lq925.htm (external link)


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