Just Got a 430EXII: Now What?

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  1. Jeremy Lim

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    Let's play a game. I've been bouncing light off walls, floors, people, cars, and any other reflective surface I could find.

    In one sentence, what are some of your favourite techniques with a mountable flash, either for creative or professional purposes?
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    My best technique... don't do something just to copy... I learn not to do a task, I learn to understand WHY something works.

    To do that you have to learn the basics... I mentioned it before, but www.strobist.com is your best friend... all you have to do is read and practice lighting 101 and 102 to get a good ground game of the basics.
     
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    Get the flash off the camera.

    That one sentence can probably improve your (anyone's) photography more than anything else.
     
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    Agree about getting it off the camera. Can also make or get some light modifiers on the flash itself, or bouncing off of something else. Foil covered cardboard, white cardboard. If you don't have a willing subject, pick an object with different features and practice shooting it.
     
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    :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

    I just bought a 580EX II a week or so ago (my first strobe!) and picked up a wireless transmitter, a stand, and an umbrella. It's amazing the things you can do with just one light when you free it from the camera..
     
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    Go get some foam core or some poster board, or splurge and buy a real reflector!:thumbup:
     
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    Not even a sentence, just a fragment.

    Off camera.
     
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    Flash-mounted softbox, held off camera using a windy lead thingy that I bought off eBay for next to nothing.
     
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    i dont think the 430exII have the ability for off camera flash....
     
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    It may take a little extra, but I can guarantee that it has the potential to be triggered off camera. :)
     
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    If your flash unit has that red window in front (Which I know the 430 does) then it can be used wirelessly off camera. You often set your built-in flash as your master and your 430 as the slave. After you figure out how to do that: instant freedom and power!
     
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    ^^holy, interesting, didnt know that...thanks a lot!
     

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