Some portraits from this weekend for C&C

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  1. Chairman7w

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    Hey guys, had some friends and family over this weekend, and took some portraits. Open for C&C:

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    They don't seem very well lit, and the filter is kinda cheesy. The composition is alright.
     
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    The effect is bad, makes them look blurry or oof, and lighting is off.
     
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    Thanks guys, and yeah, I agree. :)

    When you say the lighting is off... well, that's kinda my main problem, there is no lighting. Well, no real lighting to speak of. And where I'm shooting is all messed up. I've got tungsten, I've got fluoresent, I've got a window there. Oh - AND it was totally gray outside (been raining for two darn weeks!)

    None of which is substitute for the fact that I'm not any good yet. That's probably my biggest issue right now. :)

    I do have a Canon 580 EXII flash, but don't know how to use it yet. when I do use it, the pics just seem brighter, but still blurry (outside, the pics are much nicer). I'm prepared to get a strobe, and hope to in the next week or two. I'm open to recommendations, for sure.
     
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    You don't need a strobe, the 580 will work just fine. Use it off camera with a bounce card or softbox. If you have the money, an umbrella will work great.
     
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    Thanks Anubis. When you say use if "off camera" are you referring to one of those stretchy, springy cords? I do have one of those, but it's only about 3' long. I have asked about getting a longer cord at the local camera store and the guy was very discouraging on it. "Oh no - you don't want one of those..." Something about not being TTL.

    (as you can see, I'm pretty ignorant of this stuff - all advice is welcomed and appreciated)
     
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    Strobist: Lighting 101

    Strobist: Lighting 102

    Midwest Photo Exchange: Strobist Inventory
     
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    You don't need TTL, manual works fine. I don't know if you can trigger flashes off camera wirelessly with a Canon body as you can with a Nikon. If not, then PC cords are cheap and effective.
     
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    Samanax, Anubis - thanks guys! I have checked out Strobist before, but not in any depth yet. Plan to. Im on the case - I look forward to getting back to you guys with updates!
     
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    You can, but it's not built into the Canon body...you need the Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter. It's a wireless IR line-of-sight controller.
     
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    Before you talk flash, you should find out why you are underexposing, though you're really not underexposing by that much.
     

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