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  1. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    a couple of days ago I saw someone shooting outdoors with a quite expensive (D)SLR, it looked like he really spent some brain on composition
    ... but in daylight he used the built in flash on buildings more than 30 meters away! I guess he used a green programme and the flash just popped out since there was a bit of shade? *shivers*

    or did i miss something here and there is really some use for a flash I missed? (no, he was not using ultrawide angle and was not trying to brighten up some close object in the scene)

    ... strange world ...
     
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    You are confusing the ability to purchase an item with the skill to use it. They are entirely separate.
     
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    some times a little fill helps bring your subject into perspective.
     
  4. Alex_B

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    but that was the built in flash, so it could not really reach that far (30+ meters) in daylight. and in the foreground there was nothing.

    i know that fill flash has its uses. but that was green grass, trees and a building, with trees and building being far away.
     
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    on camera flash @ +3 FE. should still give you atleast a soft light on a building 30 meters away in sunlight
     
  6. Alex_B

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    that is true! unfortunately also the other way round .. being skilled to use it does not imply to be able to afford it ;)

    but that person seemed not to be shooting entirely without brain but put some effort into it.

    anyway, it was a very hot day, tropic conditions, so maybe his brain suffered from the climate a bit and he did not realise ;) .. my brain suffered too that day.
     
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    hmm, never tried it ... but i myself am flash lazy anyway. maybe I'll give it a try. The building was a Mayan temple by the way.
     
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    30 meters would be only a gn of 10 deppending on lens length and his ISO. The flash might have helped a little bit. I think most built in units could hit 30'. But how usefull it was, I could not tell you.
     
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    The guy prolly didn't know WTF he was doing. And he ain't alone! Look at the sports stadium during a match: thousands of spectators use their flashes. And none of those does anything useful....

    The world is chock-a-bloc with nitwits.
     
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    Hahaha, I see that and just get a chuckle. All these people who are getting these great pictures. I just think of their reaction of when they get them back. :lmao:
     
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    many of them focus on the back of the head of the guy in the row in front of them anyway ...
     
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    All those 'nitwits' probably couldn't care less if the flash went off or not, they just want a picture of what's going on. As a kid, I took pictures in stadiums with a flash, and they turned out fine (for whatever reason).

    Sheesh, easy on the people that aren't knowledgable about everything.
     

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