using flash

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  1. dwarrick

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    Hey guys

    I like to take pics at night of sports (mostly biking/bmx).

    I was thinking about getting a remote flash because I like the look of some the the pics the create.
    example : [​IMG][​IMG]

    Anyone got any tips for what flash/settings?

    Im using a rebal xt, kit lens.
     
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    You will most likely have to have the flash and the camera in manual mode...and we can't guess the settings for you. You will have to experiment and see what works for you.
     
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    ^^^^
     
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    so is it basically a external flash you would use on top of your camera body but on a tripod? then there would be a wireless signal to set off the flash?

    What does it mean when you use "strobes"?
    Is that just setting the flash to go off multiple times quickly? What does that archive over just making it go off once?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That's a common way of doing it, yes. For more info, spend a day reading at this site...http://www.strobist.blogspot.com/

    The terms 'strobe' and 'flash' can pretty much be used interchangeably in terms of photography. A 'strobe light' that you would see in a dance club, isn't the same thing as a strobe unit that a photographer would use.
    For the most part, they just fire one burst of light.

    There are some that do put out multiple pulses of light in a special mode, but that's a different conversation.
     
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    psssst.

    This link is better:
    http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html

    :greenpbl: :mrgreen:
     
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    The Strobist links will give you a ton of useful information about what components do what and some basic theory on using flash. The lighting 101 is outdated a bit as it was written about two years ago if I remember correctly. Since then with the popularity of the blog, there's a lot more out there available for the whole "strobist" way of doing things.

    After you do some reading, ask around. Supply a budget and any requirements and there's plenty of knowledgable people here and on the Strobist Flickr Discussion Group that can help with supplying an answer. You can get get a one light setup for about $120, or you can get a one light setup for about $800, it depends on what you need vs. what you want.
     

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