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SCL Photo Podcast 57 - Use That On-Camera Flash!

SCL PodcastForget what everybody else says, and get practising with your pop-up or on-camera flash.

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Flickr Video Assignment.

My new Gallery (Flickr slideshow).

Example of a Flickr full-screen slideshow.

Cheers, Rob.

Reader Comments (5)

Thanks Rob, as said earlier, the choice of camera is due to a looking at new career in photography (think my days of wielding a spanner are coming to an end!), and the 40d was recommended to me by a respected local wedding photographer.

Toothache is getting sorted now, given a course of antibiotics, and a referral to the hospital to remove a wisdom tooth. Dentist say they can’t, as they would probably break my jaw in doing so! (Eeek!).

Another great podcast. I nearly always use the on camera flash. especially when shooting out doors, as it is great as a “fill flash”, and helps get rid of shadows in eye sockets etc. The TTL flash on the Fuji is pretty good at metering to set the flash power, but you can dial in a little bit of extra flash power (or less) from the menu, if needed. This can make for a nice photo with shadows filled in, especially if the sun is at a weird angle and casting shadows over the subject.

I did make a bounce card that can be useful indoors that will bounce the flash off the ceiling to help reduce shadows. Useful for pop-up flash, if you don’t have, or cant use a flash gun with a swivel/tilt feature.

Need to turn the ISO up sightly, and then turn the flash power up, as it being bounced, so it has to travel further. Don’t rely on the TTL feature to do this, as it wont be able to account for the extra distance the flash has to travel. Ceiling height is an issue, about 10ft ceiling is the max that you can use without having to use to high an ISO.

have a look at my photostream, and see what you think.

Sorry for the plug, but some may find it useful. It was an idea, that I picked up from a nikon forum, but adapted to fit the S5700 and other similar cameras.

Another great podcast Rob, keep it up. Look forward to the next installment.

Ben (Now pain free!)

Sorry for posting twice, but commented on the wrong blog entry the first time.

August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Hi Ben,

Good to hear you're feeling better! The switch to being a Wedding Photographer is so exciting - you must be stoked!

Like the bounce card, I'll have to give it a go.

Thanks for your support of the 'cast,

Cheers, Rob.

August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob_Nunn

Thanks Rob,

It a long way off yet, there is a lot to learn, and some more equipment to get.

I have to build a portfolio too, and that needs weddings to achieve. Unfortunately, its not easy to get booking if you have nothing to show prospective clients, so the first few that I shoot will done for free. Its either that or go to a wedding workshop for a few days, and shoot them, but that costs, and as with any new venture, need to keep costs to a minimum.


August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Maybe you could offer to assist a local wedding photog, to get experience for free? Carry their kit, hold their reflectors, change their lenses etc?

Its how a lot of Wedding Photographers get started, plus check out the Camera Dojo podcast,

The two guy that do it, Kerry and David, have been in the business for years.

Cheers, Rob.

August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob_Nunn


Thank you for the link, reading through the masses of info on there now.

Hadn't thought of offering to assist a photographer, guess it would get a good insight into the tasks involved.

Thank you.

Once again, you prove to be a good resource for us all.

August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBen

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