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Oct 14, 2009 16:46 |  #1

Right I think this may be the best place for this question.

My wife's family help with a sort of exchange program between the local fire brigade and the one from their twin town in Germany. Every year one group heads over to the other country and vice versa the next. This year the Germans are here and my wife's uncle is throwing a party in his barn. It'll be a disco type affair with a mobile bar and a DJ in there so rather dark, and rather than the usual red-eyed-out rabbit-in-the-headlights look photos I thought I'd try to see if I can manage to get some good ones in there with this shiny photography equipment I've got over the last few years.

Lighting kit wise I've got a 540EZ and a Nissin Di622 both modded to work with a trigger plugged in, and I've some wireless triggers. Also have some light stands that go up to 8' high. Now my easy cop out would be to bounce off camera to the ceiling normally but it's a 20' ceiling in there and to make matters more fun it's a gable roof.

One suggestion I've been given is to put the stands up to max height in the corners of the area we are using and fire them direct to the ceiling to bounce the light back down. I'd thought of firing them across the room at each other and shooting avoiding getting the opposite flash in shot. Though the suggestion would probably give a more even light.

I'm going over a bit earlier to try setting up and taking some shots to see if it's worth it, just wondering if anyone had attempted something similar and had some advice. I'm guessing I may struggle to have them provide enough light to be usable even at full power but it'd be nice to avoid on camera flashing.


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Oct 14, 2009 18:13 |  #2

I'd probably use clamps to attach them to a wall or something to get them up high, fired by radio triggers. That would give you a sweet spot to take photos but it'd be ok as long as you were in one half of the room. If you shot from the wrong side you'd need another flash on your camera as fill, but backlighting can look cool.


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Oct 15, 2009 01:55 |  #3

So that'd be two corners on one wall of the room?


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Oct 15, 2009 04:42 |  #4

Yep. Pretty similar to this - the direct flash bit not the bounced.


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Oct 15, 2009 07:00 |  #5

Cheers tim, very helpful.


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Oct 15, 2009 12:12 |  #6

tim wrote in post #8823116 (external link)
...but it'd be ok as long as you were in one half of the room. If you shot from the wrong side you'd need another flash on your camera as fill, but backlighting can look cool.

If the triggers are PWII's couldn't he set up flashes in opposite corners, put the flash/triggers on different channels, and then use the transmitter to switch between flashes depending on what side of the room he's on? I don't know about y'all but it sounds like it would work to me.

Actually, I like that idea and may write it down so i don't forget! ;)


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Oct 15, 2009 12:19 |  #7

Cunning that one. They are PT04-TMs but can use the channels like that I guess. Something to try while I'm setting up.


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Oct 15, 2009 14:37 |  #8

charger912 wrote in post #8827678 (external link)
If the triggers are PWII's couldn't he set up flashes in opposite corners, put the flash/triggers on different channels, and then use the transmitter to switch between flashes depending on what side of the room he's on? I don't know about y'all but it sounds like it would work to me.

Actually, I like that idea and may write it down so i don't forget! ;)

I suggested cross lighting because otherwise if you shoot from one side half the face will be lit and the other half black. Your idea's good too, just different. No need to turn the other flash off either, it'd provide back/rim lighting.


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