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Old July 8th, 2008, 04:21 AM
IanKreidich IanKreidich is offline
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Interesting Flash Photography Related Site

An interesting site on off camera flash techniques for all the photographers on the board:

http://strobist.blogspot.com/
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Old July 9th, 2008, 10:27 AM
montanablur montanablur is offline
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That's a great blog with a ton of useful information and creative solutions to lighting problems.

I love that they give Gregory Crewdson a nod to his lighting techniques.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 05:29 PM
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It's great, except now I need to get a bunch of pocket wizards for our SB-800s.

I think there are a bunch of ideas that could be applied to create some sweet rover shots.

Take this shot:



It's good, but I think some flash could make those walls pop out more.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 06:28 PM
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It's a good shot but time of day and natural light would make it better also. But... you dont always have the luxury of being at the right place at the right light. I have been playing a lot with natural light and flash and just dont like the flash fill effect. Although I have seen some cool powder skiing shots with flash that really caught the mood and feeling of being there.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 06:41 PM
IanKreidich IanKreidich is offline
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An interesting comparison between natural light and fill in flash:

http://www.joemcnally.com/blog/2008/...gidor/#more-82

Now that isn't really possible on the scale of my example but there's still a lot you can do to improve crappy natural light. You just need a lot of flash units. Joe Mcnally has used something like 40 for some shots.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by IanKreidich
An interesting comparison between natural light and fill in flash:

http://www.joemcnally.com/blog/2008/...gidor/#more-82

Now that isn't really possible on the scale of my example but there's still a lot you can do to improve crappy natural light. You just need a lot of flash units. Joe Mcnally has used something like 40 for some shots.

The key in my opinion is to make it look natural, if you can tell there is a flash something is wrong. Annie Leibovitz has amazing sets for her shoots with a huge lighting setup, but her pictures never look over produced.
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Old July 10th, 2008, 05:18 AM
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The key in my opinion is to make it look natural, if you can tell there is a flash something is wrong. Annie Leibovitz has amazing sets for her shoots with a huge lighting setup, but her pictures never look over produced.

I agree. I don't think everyone gets that there are times you need motivated lighting in order to capture the correct natural light you are seeing at the time. If that makes any sense.

Like the strobist guy, David Hobby says,

"You wanna stick an up-lighting SB in a toilet, knock yourself out. But just because it looks cool, doesn't mean it is going to register as logical to the viewer's brain. So the idea is to imitate -- but shape and amplify -- the light that might normally be there."
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