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    handkerchief over flash

    The pop-up flash on my Samsung GX20 was too strong for this flower on the windowsill, so I hung my handkerchief over the flash. I like the result. Maybe this would be useful where a 'quickfix' is needed.

    Anyone else tried things like this?


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    Re: handkerchief over flash

    Not sure about others, but I'm not seeing a flower from my end

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    Re: handkerchief over flash

    I've used this trick and teach it. You can have some fun using different colors of material.

    Take a 35mm film can of the milky colored, translucent plastic material. Remove the cap and cut the bottom off. Then slice it down the side. You have a very handy diffuser for your flash.

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    I've got 2 pics, each of about 6mb - and not sure how to size down - any suggestions, please

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    Re: handkerchief over flash

    Aertaylor, this link should help you.
    Insert Image

    And to resize the Image, assuming you have photoshop, goto Image>Image Size and decrease the resolution of the image from "Whatever" to 100. That should decrease the image size considerably.

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    Re: handkerchief over flash

    My nikon d80 allows for manual flash down to 1/128 output, but if I use TTL it goes even lower, and, I assume, everything between steps. Did you try TTL?

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    Re: handkerchief over flash

    Quick tip: For diffusion to work as well as possible you need to get the diffuser as far as possible from the flash (towards the subject)

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    Re: handkerchief over flash

    Not sure if your camera does but mine has a rear synch function that provides flash for low light settings. It fires at the end of the exposure illuminating enough of the scene without throwing a glaring light on the subjects.

    Quote Originally Posted by aertaylor View Post
    The pop-up flash on my Samsung GX20 was too strong for this flower on the windowsill, so I hung my handkerchief over the flash. I like the result. Maybe this would be useful where a 'quickfix' is needed.

    Anyone else tried things like this?


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    Re: handkerchief over flash

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowman View Post
    Not sure if your camera does but mine has a rear synch function that provides flash for low light settings. It fires at the end of the exposure illuminating enough of the scene without throwing a glaring light on the subjects.
    Rear curtain sync is normally used to freeze the subject at the end of a motion trail (so you don't get ghosting or other weird phenomina like car headlights traveling back through a car). In terms of the actual amount of light emitted though, I can't see it making any difference.

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    Re: handkerchief over flash

    I use a Kood foldup reflector like this one http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Kood-80cm-5-1-...-/350312821020 It has 5 panels, one of which is a diffuser screen. It works really well, even outdoors in very bright light. I did this shot with one outdoors using it to diffuse the sun behind the flower, but it works just as well diffusing flashlight... Improvisation on a hot sunny day

    A handkerchief is a good idea. Never thought of that one.

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