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Nov 14, 2008 03:31 |  #1

Hi there!

I recently ordered a 430EXll and I'm still figuring out how to get some interesting results with it.

So, I'm curious what you guys did with yours and what can be done with just a single flash (430EX, 580EX etc.) which is mounted to your camera (haven't got a remote trigger or something yet... :oops:)
Extra light from regular light (lamps, the sun etc.) is OK. A description about the set-up would be nice...

The goal is to see what´s possible with the minimal and to learn something about lighting, trough samples of shots taken with a single, mounted flash and a short description about the set-up. :-D

Thanks!!


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Nov 14, 2008 06:48 |  #2

This was PP'd for print, not web, so I am making my excuses now :-)

Tamron 28-75, 580 EXII, bounced off the ceiling, slightly behind me. Resampled down for web.

Simple and, I think, effective.


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Nov 14, 2008 07:05 |  #3

I was testing a home made diffuser, here are few test shots, nothing fancy.

Camera in portrait position, 580 pointing straight up toward the ceiling. Lighting is soft but very flat, shadow under chin.

IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3284/3029799244_af27587616_o.jpg

Add a Stofen type of diffuser. More forward light from the flash to the face, but side shadow.
IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3160/3028965587_230a46ee2c_o.jpg

For reference, a slave 430 in a dish type of mod added as the main light, triggered by the on camera 580. Once the flash is off the camera, I have lot more choices of light modifiers and different ways to position the light.
IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3024/3028965535_3c0896a1b6_o.jpg

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Nov 14, 2008 07:19 |  #4

@ bodank: wow!! That is a great shot! I very much like the light in this one. And that only with the 580? :cool:
Not other lights were used in this shot? Natural lighting, lamps etc?

@ lotto: these pictures indeed look a little flat. The last picture, however, with the slave, looks a lot better and less flat. Still, you have the shadow to the left...

The difference between the photo bodank submitted (single flash, pointed at the ceiling, a little behind the model) and the first from lotto (also single flash, pointed at the ceiling) are, at least to me, very different.

What is the difference? :)


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Nov 14, 2008 08:10 |  #5

Using my 1D mark 3 and a 580EXII mounted, Shot straight on for a fill flash keeping the ambient light strong.

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Again using the 1Dm3 and 580EXii with diffuser ceiling bounced ( Mirrored ceiling )

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And lastly 1Dm3 580EXII full power manual ceiling bounced.

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Opps.. i lied, last one.

Canon 30D 580EXII using a small softbox attached to the 580EXII attached to the 30D, straight on.

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Nov 14, 2008 08:39 |  #6

mdw wrote in post #6684466 (external link)
@ bodank: wow!! That is a great shot! I very much like the light in this one. And that only with the 580? :cool:
Not other lights were used in this shot? Natural lighting, lamps etc?

What is the difference? :)

Thanks. She is standing in an open doorway into a dark room which gave that nice graduated backround. I had a wall right next to me on my left so some of the light is coming from the left, high.

There was a ceiling light, on her right, high. I did have to change the WB on this shot quite a bit to get rid of the slight but notieable yellow cast.

Other than that, I PP'd the left edge of the image to remove the door frame and increased the contrast and brightness overall, slightly. No sharpening since I find downsizing tends to add sufficient sharpening.

Canon 40D/Av/Tamrom 28-75 at ISO 200/5.6/250s/75mm, 580 EXII pointing slightly behind me. I may have forgot to retract the catch light on the flash.

And last but certainly not least, my wife, who makes for a great shooting subject, imo.

PS. It seems my ISP is having problems. I'll post the image on this site directly, tonight.


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Nov 15, 2008 07:41 |  #7

mdw wrote in post #6683968 (external link)
Hi there!

I recently ordered a 430EXll and I'm still figuring out how to get some interesting results with it.

So how are things working with your new flash? getting the results you expected? I don't have any "best" flash shots, still learning here as well.


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Nov 15, 2008 09:00 |  #8

@Michael_Lambert: The third is great!! Beautiful light and ambiance.

@bhodank: thanks for the extra info! I wouldn't have thought she was standing in a doorway!
What did you mean by "I may have forgotten to retract the catch light on the flash."?

@jdaly: Actually, I haven't used it other than for practising... :oops:
I bought it about a month ago, but I'm graduating at the moment, so time off is sparse and I barely touched my camera. Next week I'm planning on using it for a portrait shoot. Hope that'll give some interesting results...

For now, here's some parsley! :lol: (ceiling bounced, ambient light from the right and a window behind the parsley) :oops:

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Nov 15, 2008 09:28 as a reply to  @ mdw's post |  #9

hi there,

here are a few taken with the 420ex on camera, bounced to a large white wall to the side of the subjects. a small white foamcore was used as a reflector in the the last two

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sorry for the links, for some reason can't seem to include the images in this post.

I'm a huge fan of one flash + one large white wall!!

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Nov 15, 2008 10:06 |  #10

mdw.... the 580 has a retractable catch light card. Nice shot, btw.

nihsahs..... love all of them... really nice.

michael.... even using P&S's for all those years I always had the flash enabled for outdoor shots. People underestimate the usefullness of even built in flashes. I'm generall lazy and don't want to carry a mounted 580 all day outdoors, so, for those improptu people shots I often pop the onboard flash on my 40D for fill.


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Nov 15, 2008 10:11 |  #11

Best? I doubt it. But available without getting off my butt to plug into the docking station.

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Nov 15, 2008 10:23 |  #12

Can't get any simpler than this... shot with onboard 40D flash

Even the lowly onboard flash can make a difference. Shot earlier in the day as the first one


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Nov 15, 2008 10:42 |  #13

Was going for a very subtle and soft light here. 580EXII bounced backwards.

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Nov 15, 2008 10:45 |  #14

Checked your site... the shot of the eye is really amazing.


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Nov 15, 2008 12:04 |  #15

flash bounced of the wall -- camera left

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