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    SosFM
    SosFM  581 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    5 Sep 2009 - 5:15 PM

    I know all the basic stuff about apertures, shutter speeds, depth of field, ISO and even have a good eye for composition. My major stumbling block and always has been is flash photography. I was using a D300 and SB800 speedlight at an event yesterday and my shots were frankly awful. I did not have a clue as to what I was doing and to be honest came away ashamed and annoyed with myself.
    I dont really need to do a photography course as such but I do really need tuition on using flash as I just dont get it at all. I dont have a mathematical mind and to me it seems you need one. Flash manuals are written in greek to me.
    Can anyone help with advice as to where to go to allow me to understand this side of photography. I have been looking at posts about OCA and C&G but this all seems an expensive outlay for what I need.
    Is there anywhere on this site that I can turn to or does any one have any recommended reading or web sites that will "turn on the light" so to speak?
    Thanks,

    Soren.

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    geoffash26
    geoffash26  102506 forum posts United Kingdom
    5 Sep 2009 - 5:17 PM

    This is worth a read Go through all the articles in the right hand index

    mad-dogs
    mad-dogs  122201 forum posts England
    5 Sep 2009 - 5:27 PM

    Try here.

    SosFM
    SosFM  581 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    5 Sep 2009 - 5:43 PM

    Wow! Thanks, plenty of reading there guys. Will sit and study.

    mad-dogs
    mad-dogs  122201 forum posts England
    5 Sep 2009 - 5:47 PM


    Quote: Wow! Thanks, plenty of reading there guys. Will sit and study.

    We'll be asking questions later! Smile

    mcgovernjon
    5 Sep 2009 - 6:32 PM


    Quote: We'll be asking questions later!

    LOL Smile

    croberts
    croberts  102160 forum posts Ireland8 Constructive Critique Points
    5 Sep 2009 - 10:49 PM

    the thing that gelled it all for me, was the realisation that the camera light meter, and the camera flash meter were separate things, (and that straight on flash, from the camera, looks crap)

    Flash isn't a lot different than full on sunshine, streaming through a really small window, into a room. Only difference is, it has blinds that flick open and closed really fast, and your shooting when the blinds are open.

    go on over to Strobist .....If you understand the relationship between shutter and aperture, then you've little else to learn.

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