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    harryw
    harryw  867 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    16 Apr 2008 - 11:02 AM

    I have a Canon 350d and have just bought a s/h Canon 320ex flashgun. I have to take some shots at a wedding disco and want to avoid red eye, I dont have time to buy a diffuser, so may use tissue over flash head. Will the exposure be correct or will the camera / flash measure the light on the subject and adjust the exposure correctly?

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    newfocus
    newfocus  8644 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    16 Apr 2008 - 11:34 AM

    I'm not familiar with that flash specifically but as long as it supports Canon's E-TTL metering you should be fine. The camera fires a low power burst and meters on that, then opens the shutter and fires the actual flash, so in theory at least the tissue should be adjusted for automatically.

    Works on the 430 and 550.

    Coleslaw
    Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
    16 Apr 2008 - 11:48 AM

    Does 350D not have flash compensation that you can adjust accordingly?

    cameracat
    cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
    16 Apr 2008 - 11:49 AM

    OR just angle the head upwards at about 45 degree's, And bounce of a ceiling Or light coloured wall.....!

    Or make a simple wrap around diffuser and attach it with rubber bands....!

    cameracat
    cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
    16 Apr 2008 - 11:59 AM

    Here Check this out, I use something similar now & again for certain jobs, Works really well and cost's almost nothing......Smile

    Home made flash diffusers.....!

    Or the better bounce.....Great video tutorial...LOL

    Last Modified By cameracat at 16 Apr 2008 - 12:03 PM
    newfocus
    newfocus  8644 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    16 Apr 2008 - 12:01 PM

    Yep - if you have a white ceiling that's not too high, angling 45 degree up and strapping a bit of card to the back of the flash works pretty well. The card bounces some of the light forward so the shadows aren't too harsh and you still get catchlights.

    harryw
    harryw  867 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    16 Apr 2008 - 2:17 PM

    Thanks for the help everyone.
    Like the foam reflector idea.
    Sounds like the ETTL will gauge the power of flash required with a pre flash and adjust accordingly, so it does not matter if the flash is bounced onto the subject.
    As the flash is bounced there will be no red eye.
    Cheers
    H

    Daisy_intheMill
    16 Apr 2008 - 7:59 PM

    One suggestion for evening photography at a wedding is to use rear sync which helps to soften the image and can show movement. It will also help with red eye.

    squodge
    squodge  7123 forum posts
    17 Apr 2008 - 9:13 AM

    I've often shot with flash pointed straight at the subject, but I do have the diffuser on the flashhead, the one that comes with the Nikon SB-800. I'm assuming your Canon 320EX has a diffuser add-on [one of those Sto-fen type things]. I don't recall ever getting red eye from it, and the photos look fine to me.

    ~ squodge ~

    doug_7
    doug_7  8482 forum posts England
    17 Apr 2008 - 10:18 AM

    I hate flash and try to take pics without it where possible. Unfortunately there are times that you really do need a good gun or two.
    I have the SB800 and a couple of Metz guns. If you use the diffuser supplied with the gun you could still end up with shadows.
    I now use the Gary Fong whale tail with the onboard camera flash. You can select portrait mode instantly and even use gels if you wish.
    Expensive but in my opinion the best mobile system on the market at the moment.
    d.

    cambirder
    cambirder  107202 forum posts England
    17 Apr 2008 - 10:34 AM


    Quote: I now use the Gary Fong whale tail

    Do you have the reporter or studio version?

    FatHandedChap
    17 Apr 2008 - 10:35 AM

    After recommendations from other members I used A Better Bounce Card for an event I covered last year. I was pleased with the results compared to using a Stofen and now there's one permanently in my camera bag. It takes up no room and is virtually indestructable and costs pennies to replace. (Example Here)

    doug_7
    doug_7  8482 forum posts England
    17 Apr 2008 - 11:33 AM


    Quote: Quote:I now use the Gary Fong whale tailDo you have the reporter or studio version?

    reporter, do you use this system?

    cambirder
    cambirder  107202 forum posts England
    17 Apr 2008 - 2:58 PM

    No, I've got a lightsphere which I think works well, the WT looks a bit more versatile, so was thinking of getting one.

    doug_7
    doug_7  8482 forum posts England
    17 Apr 2008 - 5:16 PM


    Quote: No, I've got a lightsphere which I think works well, the WT looks a bit more versatile, so was thinking of getting one.

    I think he built the WT as an improvement to what you have.
    I have had a look at your PF (which is excellent by the way) and if you turn out work like this then you don`t need one.
    I have already used it on a small job and it was brilliant.
    d.

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