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ENFerrari 1,253 297 May 20, 2012 at 11:44 PM More eBay Deals
Hi,
I'm looking for an external flash for my Sony a65 so it can take great low light pictures without messing up the picture by making part of a person lighter than (the white marks).
I was looking at these items:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/R3-Flash-...4078wt_956
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there was a popup flash diffuser which basically is mounted on the hot shoe...which is better? or are both garbage?
Any tips on what to get without spending a fortune....also since I'm shooting an engagement party for someone (I offered to since they're friends and they didnt have a photographer anyways) does anyone have any tips on what shooting modes to practice?
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well I would go with a brand name flash myself plus you said you wanted to take great pictures

http://www.overstock.com/Electron...oduct.html

Also you don't mention your lens that is going to make a big difference too remember with a digital photo you can always crop so avoid zooming in too much, if your camera has a party mode that is what you will want and probably either spot or center weighting on the exposure meter.
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That is cheap enough to try it, but I thinkyou will want the Sony flash or other major manufacture. It will have the metering built in which will help a lot to get the exposure correct. There is a reason why the price difference is huge between the two. In camera equipment going cheap usually has significant differences. Personally I am not a fan of the built in modes, and prefer to do it mostly myself. That being said the setting you are going into is hard, its hard for anyone with any equipment.

You are going to want to bounce the flash off the ceiling or a wall, not aiming it directly at the person. This and a difuser will help a lot in giving a somewhat more natural look. Practice, make your house pretty dark and go around taking photos of stuff, and play with it.
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go for a sony brand flash. the oem stuff is easier to use.
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go for a sony brand flash. the oem stuff is easier to use.
Thanks so much, I didn't know about focusing so I ended up with a Sony one. I got the HVL-F20AM...is that good? should I get a diffuser or is it good enough.
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that looks like their basic flash. Best you can do is bounce the flash off the ceiling. Don't worry about a diffuser, most people think it's a gimmick. Basically just point the flash away from the subject. Bounce the light off a wall or ceiling.
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that looks like their basic flash. Best you can do is bounce the flash off the ceiling. Don't worry about a diffuser, most people think it's a gimmick. Basically just point the flash away from the subject. Bounce the light off a wall or ceiling.
Difusers are not gimmicky they do help. You don't have to go with a Gary Fong, but any basic diffuser will help and are worth it.
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Difusers are not gimmicky they do help. You don't have to go with a Gary Fong, but any basic diffuser will help and are worth it.
a soft box is not a diffuser.
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that looks like their basic flash. Best you can do is bounce the flash off the ceiling. Don't worry about a diffuser, most people think it's a gimmick. Basically just point the flash away from the subject. Bounce the light off a wall or ceiling.
Is it better than the one one it? basically I don't like it when part of a parson is all white and you can't see them right because of a flash.
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Sony currently makes 3 Sony Alpha flashes. F20, F43, and F58.

The F20 only allows rotating up. So you can either do a direct flash or a bounce off a ceiling.

The F43, and F58 allows rotating side to side too. So you can bounce off a wall to the side or from behind. They are also more powerful and offers lots of other options.

But for you, the key is bouncing the light. Increasing the size of the light source. This only works indoors btw. When there is no surface to bounce, it's obviously useless.


Understanding Exposure is a good book to read.

and Light Science & Magic is a great book for learning about lighting. It's helped me tremendously when taking product photos.
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Sony currently makes 3 Sony Alpha flashes. F20, F43, and F58.

The F20 only allows rotating up. So you can either do a direct flash or a bounce off a ceiling.

The F43, and F58 allows rotating side to side too. So you can bounce off a wall to the side or from behind. They are also more powerful and offers lots of other options.

But for you, the key is bouncing the light. Increasing the size of the light source. This only works indoors btw. When there is no surface to bounce, it's obviously useless.


Understanding Exposure is a good book to read.

and Light Science & Magic is a great book for learning about lighting. It's helped me tremendously when taking product photos.
Thanks. Photography is so expensive haha. I think for now it should be decent and once I save up some more money I'll buy a better one. Thankfully I didn't buy the $20 one.
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