Steve Wintrow wrote in post #8822432
you should buy a bracket to get your flash off the hotshoe on the camera. this will help you eliminate red eye. you would also need a hot shoe cord for this.
good luck and have fun.
I don't have a bracket and won't be buying one because I won't be doing this things anymore.
Curtis N wrote in post #8822487
If you're going to do event photography regularly then a flash bracket should be on your shopping list. But for this event, just keep the camera horizontal. For vertical scenes, zoom out and crop the sides off later. This will keep the flash above the lens and prevent ugly side shadows.
Trust me, when people see the prints, they'll never know you cheated.
How do you mean "keep the flash above the lens?" When I do vertical shots I can rotate my flash to the ceiling as well so then the flash is also above the lens?
focus.pocus wrote in post #8822525
wow... a wedding... that was dumb... lol j/k but good luck
mumbles wrote in post #8822538
Not trying to give you a hard time but.....
This is your families memory. What if none of your shots come out? I mean this is highly unlikely we can all agree, but still... i carry 2 backups and i'm still nervous something is going to happen... The fact that they are family makes it worse, that means for the rest of your life, if it's screwed up, they will never let you forget about it.
If it was a client, at least they'd yell at you and maybe sue. So i guess it's family is good as they will most likely not sue you.
Say something I don't know .
liupublic wrote in post #8823164
Whatever you do, bring spare batteries for flash and camera. Bring at least a few CF cards. Nothing worse than running out of battery or memory. Also, get someone to watch your other lens not in use. You have some expensive stuff and you definitely don't want them to walk away.
spare battieries - check
CF cards - check
My other gear will be placed under surveilence of my girlfriend
Thanks for the tip!
agv8or wrote in post #8823570
"I'm doing the dumbest thing ever this friday"
No Dawud the dumbest thing is that you waited till 2 days before the event to ask for help. LOL Everyone has to have their first and it usually is for family or friends who will not take "no" for an answer. Been there, done that!
Every piece of advice I can think of to offer seems pointless with only two days. WOW!
First don't worry about a flash bracket as I own 3 of them and have never used them. I keep it simple with direct flash bounced off walls or ceilings and I use a Stofen Omni Bounce the rest of the time. Just make sure when shooting vertical (portrait) to place the flash on the side which will have the shadows fall off to where they are the least obvious or hidden. If you shoot for the ambient light (shoot at high ISO's if neccesary to try and achieve a proper exposure) and use the flash to fill your shadows then the shadows, caused by the flash, will not be that distracting anyway. Only other photographers seem to make a big deal out of it and clients never seem to even notice.
Hopefull you will not have to dark a venue becuase you will be limited for power with your one 430EX. If you are shooting indoors and in E-TTL then go into your cameras custom functions and set your flash metering to "average" instead of "evaluative". It will give you better flash exposures for your whites and blacks which seem to be prevelant at weddings (you won't be jacking around with your FEC "flash exposure compensation" as much, if at all, as you would be with "evaluative").
Everything else I can think to offer you in the way of advice would require at least 3 days to pull off so I will finish with Good Luck!
Yeah, I should have said something sooner
"Just make sure when shooting vertical (portrait) to place the flash on the side which will have the shadows fall off to where they are the least obvious or hidden. "
=> so I need to set my flash to bounce to a wall next to me? Or should is still be pointed up to the ceiling?
Thanks for the tip about the flash metering!