Looking for tips on taking better picts...
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rileycamden
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Posted: 11/28/2012 8:21:28 PM
I tried posting individual examples but must have done something wrong, so I am just posting a link to see some of them here. Let me know if you have any feedback or advice. Self taught, Nikon D90 with SB900 Speedlight. Picts taken in a Christmas store with flourescent lights.

Most shots were taken in Aperature Priority Mode, F5.

Thanks! Christmas Picts


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Posted: 11/29/2012 5:47:56 AM
I would read ai Neil van Niekerk's blog: Tangents

He is a master of flash photography and has a great series on using bounce flash. The posts are categorized on the right blue bar. He also has a book, which I would like to read.

I would also recommend using manual exposure mode when using a TTL flash. While counterintuitive, it is sooooooo much easier than trying to get AV, Auto or any other automatic mode to work well. The basic premise is that you set your camera to expose for the ambient light and let your flash expose the subject.

Do you have more info on how you used your speedlight? Did you bounce the light? It doesn't look like it to me. Try turning the head of the flash so that it is pointing back over your shoulder at a 45 degree angle and aim it at the crease where the wall hits the ceiling. You don't have to be exact and ithe wall doesn't have to be that close. This will make the wall and ceiling act like a giant soft box and give you more natural looking light. It makes an amazing difference.

rileycamden
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Posted: 11/29/2012 8:49:22 PM
Thanks a ton! I will check out this book. I am a teacher and play around with my camera all summer, then put it down once schools starts and seems to forget most of what I have learned! UGH! I have SO MUCH more to learn, especially about my speedlight. SOMEDAY I will be able to focus on just my hobby, but in the meantime, I am having fun learning! This book will be sure to help! THANKS!


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