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Lisa Stringer
 

Wedding Photography: Shadow Problem


I need some advice on how to avoid shadows when taking pictures at weddings. I use a Canon Digital Rebel with a 420 EX flash. I have also used a bracket. This helped a little. The horizontal pictures came out fine but the verticals had the shadows. Any advice?


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4/16/2005 7:42:11 PM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Does your bracket allow you to flip the flash? Flip brackets allow you to either flip the flash or the camera, so that when you take a vertical shot, the flash will still be positioned above the lens. These are not too expensive and are very handy. Stroboframe is a popular brand.
Another handy item is a Lumiquest Mini Soft Box. This is a soft vinyl folding diffuser that velcros to your flash to diffuse and soften the light.


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4/16/2005 11:00:25 PM

 
Lisa Stringer  
 
 
Yes, the bracket allows to flip the flash. I thought the church was too dim to use a softbox.


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4/17/2005 5:27:58 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   The intensity of the ambient light has no bearing on whether you should use a softbox. It is your flash that is lighting the subject. If your flash is powerful enough - and it probably is unless you are using a very small flash - you should use a softbox. If softens and diffuses your flash.


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4/17/2005 8:02:37 PM

 
Gregg    For a better answer please tell us where the shadow are. Left, right, etc..


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4/19/2005 6:22:24 PM

 
anonymous 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/7/2005
  What length lense are you using? I have the 3000n and use the 420ex flash, I don't have any problems using my 28-90mm but if I use my 90-300mm then the long lense will create a shadow on my subject, you shouldn't need a flash using this lense anyway, as you are usually too far away from the subject for it to do any good.

Hope this helps.


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4/19/2005 8:57:34 PM

 
Lisa Stringer   The shadows are usually to the right of the object/person.


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4/20/2005 10:36:06 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Are you rotating your camera to the left when you shoot verticals? (I would be willing to bet that you are and that your flash winds up to your left rather than over the lens axis, thus creating a shadow on the right side.)


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4/20/2005 12:08:55 PM

 
Lisa Stringer   Actually the bracket that I used allows the flash to be moved up over the camera when taking vertical shots.


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4/21/2005 8:52:14 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   If you had the flash up over the lens axis, I have no clue as to why you are getting shadows.


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4/21/2005 9:09:32 AM

 
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