C&C Please - Flash

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  1. kahulani

    kahulani TPF Noob!

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    Hi there, I'm experimenting with my new flash...not really sure how to use it. In fact, i have no idea, I've got it angled towards the ceiling. Please let me know what you think...advice appreciated! I'm trying to get away from the "snapshot" look. THx!

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    GOOD LIGHTING.
    When shooting people, becareful bouncing straight up b/c you'll probably end up getting shadows under the eyes (raccoon eyes aren't sexy, unless you're going for gothic look). IF you will end up bouncing into the ceiling, use a bounce card, it'll act as a fill light.
     
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    Looks like a good start to me. The dog is evenly lit. The background is a tad dark I find however.
     
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    It's good the background is a tad dark. It separates the dog from the background making the pooch pop a bit more.
     
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    Hah! I was reading quickly and totally saw that as "making the pooch poop a bit more"!! HIGH-Larious!

    Anyhow, I agree that it's nice even lighting with no harsh shadows. To make it more interesting, and less "snapshot-ish", you could try focusing more on composition. For instance there's a bit too much foreground and the dog's head is crowded by the top of the frame.

    Overall, for not knowing anything about your flash, you've pulled off good lighting here!
     
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    are you sure this is your first flash photo? Looks great to me and also looks like you have done it a few times before. Well done!
     
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    cute dog flash looks good.
    rule of 3rds dog in center.
     
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    Ditto.
    For portraits, I try to have my background under by 1/2-1 stop. When running after my kids to get the shot, I'm thankful to get something :lmao:
     

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