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Michele King
 

Bounce Flash


I have been using bounce flash to shoot weddings indoors and not abracket. Bouncing flash is lighter and easier on my body than using a flash on a bracket. If I am not within about 5 feet of my subject I am noticing my photos are pretty under exposed. I am using no flash exposure adjustments abnd bouncing it off a 15 foot ceiling. Should I be changing my settings? Help!
Thanks!


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9/12/2007 8:47:24 AM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  The ususal fixes are (a) higher ISO film or setting, (b) wider lens aperture, (c) more powerful flash.


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9/12/2007 9:08:50 AM

 
Michele King   THanks, next time I will try increasing my flash exposure to plus 1 , 1 1/2 or 2.


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9/12/2007 9:38:35 AM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  Adding + Flash Exposure Compensation will not help if the flash is already firing at maximum output, which it probably is in the situation you describe (bouncing off high ceiling).


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9/12/2007 2:33:04 PM

 
Michele King   Then what would you do?


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9/12/2007 2:50:26 PM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  See (a), (b), and/or (c) above.


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9/12/2007 3:06:36 PM

 
Michele King   Ok I am getting it now.........


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9/12/2007 3:07:29 PM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  I should have added a smilie ;-) to my short answer. Actually, there's another option, but you ruled it out in the initial post. Use a flash bracket so that you can use direct flash without red-eye and keep shadows down below the subject's shoulders.


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9/12/2007 3:13:31 PM

 
Michele King   I might have to up my weight program so I can go back to the bracket......


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9/12/2007 3:17:00 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  You can put the flash on manual and practice until you can estimate based on how high the ceiling is and how reflective the surface is.
This is a situation to use the monitor to judge too.


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9/13/2007 1:07:29 AM

 
Debbie Del Tejo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/30/2005
  I just don't know how you can shoot a wedding without using a bracket. It is even easier to carry your camera.


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9/13/2007 2:40:56 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  How heavy is the bracket you were using?

The Stroboframe I have hardly weighs anything. The way it's made, I hold the camera and not the frame, so it's really not much different than shooting without it.


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9/13/2007 4:13:56 AM

 
Michele King   I use a stroboframe that is very light but I hold the frame with my Left hand. By the end of the day I my shoulders and arms are very sore. I use a 24-70mm f 2.8 zoom with a canon 580 ex flash.


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9/13/2007 7:14:42 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Try ignoring the frame and holding the camera the same way you do without the frame. Cradle your left hand under the lens and use it for zoom and focus (if you manual focus), and hold the grip of the camera with your right hand.

You'll find this is a steadier grip, and it will be less strain on your arms.

Chris Vedros


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9/14/2007 10:21:57 PM

 
Michele King   great suggestion Chris, thank you.


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9/15/2007 12:35:24 PM

 
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