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ANDRAY STROUD
 

Shadow


I owned a NIKON D40. I have 600 speedlight flash. I take horizontal pictures fine, however when I go vertical that is a shadow created on the opposite side the flash is on. I have not used a bracket, however is there way to eliminate the shadow without purchasing a bracket?


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11/18/2007 9:51:30 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  If that speed light has a swivel head you can bounce the light off the ceiling. Otherwise you'll have to get something that lets you adjust the position of the flash, like a sync cord.


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11/18/2007 11:53:24 PM

 
W.   
"is there way to eliminate the shadow without purchasing a bracket?"

Yes: get strong background light.


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11/19/2007 12:07:32 AM

 
Bob Fately   Andray, you might want to check out Gary Fong's Lightsphere or Whaletail - these are both attachments that go on the flash and can help a great deal with harsh shadows. You can see samples and video on garyfong.com - I can tell you the Lightsphere is very good - the Whaletail came out after I bought mine.


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11/19/2007 6:08:58 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Not worth the money. Few pennies for a white note card and you're doing the same thing.


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11/19/2007 11:59:53 PM

 
W.    Like Greg says. And that actually works better than an expensive piece of plastic under the grandiose moniker of 'Lightsphere', 'Whaletail", or other similar diffusers. Besides softening shadows a bit, what they do is cut your flashgun's effective power output to a fraction, as well as your DoF, because it wastes light/power by sending it everywhere BUT onto the subject.


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11/20/2007 12:16:14 AM

 
Bob Fately   While Mrrs Smith and La Grange are frequent contributors here and sometimes even have useful advice, and Greg has certainly impressed us all with his clever and ever-changing icon and fonts, I'm afraid in this instance his assertion is dead wrong that a reflective card performs the same as the lightsphere. Having used the simple card, the Sto-Fen bounce and verious models of Lumiquest reflectors, I can tell you from personal experience that none of these do as well as Fong's Lightsphere when it comes to holding the camera in portrait orientation without using a bracket. Again, it costs but a few minutes to check out that website just to get a sense of the effect.


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11/20/2007 4:35:31 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Funny how a different font color has been such a trigger for some people.
Me and Mrs Smith, a.k.a. the English Lady with a guy's name, stand by our statements.


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11/20/2007 11:59:41 PM

 
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