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Jonathan H. Ortloff

Best Set-Up for High School Hockey Games

As the photography editor for one of the best high school newspapers in the country (Phillips Exeter Academy's EXONIAN), I'm looking for ways to make my photographers' jobs easier, especially me. One of our main photo assignments is sports, and in the winter, that means indoor, and so lighting is a problem. Basketball, and wrestling are okay to use with a flash, but hockey, swimming, and indoor track are played in such large venues, that I think it's time we got some off-board lighting there. I saw one of the school's professional photographers shooting a hockey game with two strobes at one end of the ice, probably about 20 feet high, and the pictures he shot came out pretty well. I'm looking for one or two strobes, or monolights, or whatever, but don't know what to get. Also, a radio slave is in order because of the distance from the lights. Is it possible to get a radio slave that will send TTL information to the strobe, or does it just fire it off, and if so, how do you execute metering? I'm on a pretty tight budget, so used items are okay, but I still don't know exactly what I should get. A little help?

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9/4/2001 10:54:46 AM

Hermann  Graf   Jonathan,

There are low-cost slave units available on the market which fire the second flash mounted on them when hit by the flashlight of the master flash (normally mounted on the camera); by this, long cables are avoided. The only limitation is the maximal distance for being activated (depending on the guide number of the master flash). It is recommended to fire the slave flash not directly in the direction of the camera in order not to hamper the metering of the camera.

Best regards

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9/4/2001 12:04:53 PM

Jeff S. Kennedy   Radio slaves will be your best bet. I wouldn't worry about TTL since the lights will be at the same distance from the action the whole time. All you need to do is check the exposure at various locations within the arena you plan to shoot before the action starts and simply adjust your exposure accordingly. To meter you need a flash meter.

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9/4/2001 3:06:34 PM

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