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    Help with flash gels...

    Hello - Flash gels are something new for me but I've realized their benefit and need some insight from more experienced users. I do not use flash for every shot....I use a reflector when I can but there are often times I can't reflect light and need the speed light for fill. I shoot raw and use...
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    Night Portrait camera settings ??

    Thanks Camera Clicker. I couldn't slow down my shutter because I was getting blur. And there was literally almost no ambient light so I basically the only light I was really capturing was the flash. So I guess I could have set my shutter and aperture at whatever I wanted (which would have...
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    Night Portrait camera settings ??

    Hello - My daughter recently had her homecoming and all of the kids were outside and it got dark really quick...very little ambient light. Obviously these were informal portraits so I just had my camera (Nikon d50 with Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 lens) and speedlight (Nikon sb700). As it was getting...
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    Inconsistent Focus - Why?

    Thank you everyone for your responses. I have been reading and learning about things that affect dof and have learned a lot this week! Now I have another question I will be posting :)
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    Inconsistent Focus - Why?

    Thank you for your help. I have the AF-D. I guess I should always try to stay at 1/100 or faster just to be safe. I see what you're saying about the pin light. Unfortunately I'm usually by myself and just picking random spots to take pictures (if I can get my daughter to agree to be my...
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    Inconsistent Focus - Why?

    Thank you for your help. I used auto focus (my eyes are not the best anymore) and focused on her eyes and re-composed. But I did not use the center focus point, I used the one closest to her eyes so I barely had to move the camera to re-compose. I just now calculated the depth of field and...
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    Inconsistent Focus - Why?

    Hello - I have been practicing outdoor portraits and some of my shots have been great, but others are not as sharply focused as I would like. I have an entry level dslr Nikon D50 and yesterday used the Nikon 50mm f/1.8. I have been shooting in either aperture priority or manual and have...
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    Speedlight help ??

    Thank you very much for all of the responses. I get it now for the flash part and understand the reflector positioning. I will try to take a few more photos in this location this weekend. I am going to try moving my reflector more to the other side and I will also try with my flash and see...
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    Speedlight help ??

    Wow, ok. I'm sorry if I asked something ridiculous. I am a beginner who loves learning and every question I get answered raises another question. I don't just want to know that something should work a certain way, I want to know why. This is the beginner's forum which should be an...
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    Speedlight help ??

    Thanks Designer. I see what you're saying about putting the reflector on the same side but off axis and that makes sense. I can't put the reflector under the chin because it would be in the picture, that's one reason why I'm struggling. If I put them in the water in front of me but out of...
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    Speedlight help ??

    Does the sun change so much from 4pm to 6 or 7 pm that I will be able to drop my shutter speed from 1/4000 at f/2.8 to @ 1/250 at 2.8? My lowest ISO is 200 :( If that is the case, I might be okay but I will still have shadows to fill in. And, I still don't know why I have so much noise...
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    Speedlight help ??

    Thanks Mashburn. I am using a Nikon D50 camera body with Tamron 28-75 2.8 lens. My settings were ISO 200, 75mm, 1/250, f/10 ( I attached a similar unedited one below and one at f/2.8, 1/4000, NEF exported as JPG) . I see the noise too and don't know why.... The one at f/2.8 had very...
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    Speedlight help ??

    Thanks to all who can help. I've been posting a lot of questions lately. I am planning on taking some photos at our summer camp and have a tricky situation. I have attached a preliminary photo of the scene I want with boats on both sides. Note, the water in front of the subject...I really...
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    Exposure and metering ?? Now I'm becoming obsessed :)

    Thanks. So should I have my white balance set different when taking raw images outside or just leave on auto and adjust in raw converter? Actually Derrel, the last shot is the one I edited in lightroom, here is what it looked like before editing , again quite underexposed...and this is one...
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    Exposure and metering ?? Now I'm becoming obsessed :)

    I've been posting quite a bit here lately with lots of questions. I am a hobbyist and have taken thousands of pics of my kids playing sports but now they're older and I'm getting more interested in more planned photos and portraits. My daughter just had her senior pictures taken and now I want...
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    In Camera Flash and Aperture question....

    Thank you all for the explanations. I think I get it now, especially after the description of the ambient + flash illumination. One other question though.....when using a flash, no matter what kind (although my case specifically is in camera flash), since the flash compensates for the...
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    In Camera Flash and Aperture question....

    Wouldn't vignetting just be around the perimeter of the image? You can tell that the exposure in the center of the image is different which seems like it would not be due to vignetting. So, you mentioned randomness of TTL flash metering...does that mean that the in-camera flash does behave /...
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    In Camera Flash and Aperture question....

    Hello - I am a hobbyist photographer. Have been using my DSLR Nikon D50 for several years now and used it mostly for photos of my kids and sports....but I found out I really love the intricacies of photography. My question is....I usually try not to use flash at all but when I do I only...
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