Taking it Off the Camera

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  1. benjikan

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    Look..I don't want to ruffle any feathers here, but if you want your images to have a bit more interest, I strongly suggest you finding a way to use flash off of the camera. Direct flash, kills all of the shadows and flattens the image in a way that I quite frankly find boring. If you have no choice, here is a suggestions. Build a makeshift stand and put a 2x2 cardboard square reflector to your right or left and aim the flash towards the reflector and in to the subject. This will add dimension and drama to your images. Try this out and tell me what you think...

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    totally agree, central flash is only for emergencies when it is too dark and you have to be fast and don't have anything better around, but not when you want to create some great photograph.

    I prefer using high ISO and shallow DOF over on camera flash. Since the flash wrecks more than the noise you get from high ISO.
     
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    exactly, see we need more posts like this,helpful..... it seems people have been at eachothers throats lately.
     
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    easy decision for me since I do not even have a built in flash :p
     
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    you dont o__O?
     
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    Neither me myself nor my main camera have a built in flash ;)
     
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    "We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world's first man with a built in flash. Alex B will be that man. Better, stronger, flashier." - DA DA DA DAAAA...
     
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    lol
     
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    if that flash is built into my left hand, it might help the images alot! :)
     
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    Exactly what i was about to say!!!
    :mrgreen:
     
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    For me that includes the flash you stick on your hotshoe...

    The size of the reflector chosen has to do with how far from the reflected source the flash is. As you know the further away the smaller the area of reflection. You can use multiple reflectors to garner different results. Try mixing different reflective surfaces and tones of gray or gold or perhaps using gelatins over the aluminum surface to change the color of specific areas of the image. This can also be applied to daylight reflection as well.
     

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