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    The next learning hurdle...

    I've not used a flash since my non-digital camera days (never liked the little pop up one that comes on my digital), but have just taken the plunge and ordered one for my camera.

    I'm sure I'll be posing a question or 12 soon, but any pre question tips and hints are welcome.

    I have a couple (ok ok, three to be exact) Sony cameras so I went with the Sony HVL-F42AM.

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    Re: The next learning hurdle...

    Try these two websites:

    The Strobist post you'll probably want to read a few times over is the one on Balancing flash against ambient and his demo of same indoors. Van Niekerk also covers the subject with a slightly different slant in his Dragging the Shutter post.

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    Re: The next learning hurdle...

    Thanks Kathy, I'm sure I'll be perusing all those links

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    Re: The next learning hurdle...

    I would recommend spending a little more of your hard earned cash and get a camera flip flash bracket such as offered by Stroboframe
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Tiffen-Strobofra...item4cf85b6bf3
    or even a Chinese knock-off camera flip bracket

    Pair this with an off-camera sync cord
    http://photogearfinder.com/TTL-Off-C...M-P329085.aspx

    and a diffuser/reflector such as the Joe Demb Flash Diffuser Pro
    www.dembflashproducts.com

    or even a diffuser reflector which you can fabricate from cardboard or foam board
    http://super.nova.org/DPR/DIY01/

    This will be a relatively light weight, not terribly expensive and very versatile outfit which will provide quite nice lighting...

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    Re: The next learning hurdle...

    Quote Originally Posted by rpcrowe View Post
    I would recommend spending a little more of your hard earned cash
    Thanks Richard, actually I had picked up your advise for the demb product when you advised it to someone else, and had the other items on my list too, although I'd not seen the site to which you linked for the cord before. It has a much better price than what I found so thanks for the savings

    Now I just have to wait for the next paycheck to roll in before I can spend it

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    Re: The next learning hurdle... The reluctant helper

    My cat has been my model (or victim as she probably sees it) while I practice off camera flash


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    Re: The next learning hurdle... The reluctant helper

    Quote Originally Posted by Evn1ngStar View Post
    My cat has been my model (or victim as she probably sees it) while I practice off camera flash


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    ahh, cute kitty

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    Re: The next learning hurdle... The reluctant helper

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    ahh, cute kitty
    Thanks Dave, I did catch her without her princess crown on that day
    She is cute, knows it and uses it to get her way!

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    Re: The next learning hurdle...

    More practicing with my helper/model. WhileI don't think she is any more patient than my human practice subjects, I do find she tends to make far fewer comments while I mumble to myself, making sure I've got all my settings right...

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    Re: The next learning hurdle...

    Quote Originally Posted by Evn1ngStar View Post
    More practicing with my helper/model. WhileI don't think she is any more patient than my human practice subjects, I do find she tends to make far fewer comments while I mumble to myself, making sure I've got all my settings right...

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    Hi Yvonne,

    Ah, now I really want to stroke her - we have a nice soft one with fur like this

    Good compositions, although #1 and #3 look a bit under exposed

    #3 has some interesting processing; it looks like a painting - I like it,

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