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Old Jan 24, 2012, 2:49 PM   #1
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Hi, i am new here and just found this thread via a friend. I am interested to learn as much as i can so any advice comments etc will be most welcome as i would love to improve on my photography.
I took this on the 21st of January.
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Old Jan 24, 2012, 5:00 PM   #2
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Very nice. I like how the shadow becomes the contrast between the white background and the flowers. The green really pops, too.
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Old Jan 24, 2012, 6:14 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. We have a bit of fun here and try to learn a few things along the way. There is a new challenge posted every two weeks. Note that this not a contest. Everyone is a winner for participating and learning something from what others have done. Hope we see a lot more of you.

I don't think I would have used direct flash for this shot. If this is indoors, I would try bouncing the flash off the ceiling (assuming the flash head tilts. If this is outdoors, I would consider using a piece of white posterboard or something similar to reflect the light. Also, translucent material could be placed in front of the flash to diffuse it.

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Old Jan 24, 2012, 10:03 PM   #4
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I normally don't like direct flash shadows, but in this case, with the white on white, it makes for some interesting patterns.

I'm horrible when it comes to flash - rarely use it. Ever since I saw an article about making your own snoot (use a Pringles can) and a flash enhancer (use the inside of a soda can cut and shaped appropriately) that both used a paper towel at the end for the diffuser, I've been using a white coffee filter. Works reasonably well and doesn't cost anything if you are a coffee drinker.
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eysha, looks much better without the bottom part. I think you could probably crop a bit more at the top. I also agree that the shadow adds an interesting dimension!
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Old Jan 25, 2012, 7:40 AM   #6
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Many thanks for the welcome, i appreciate it.
The photo was taken outside and i used a white card as the background. The camera i am using is the Panasonic FZ38 and i have no other equipment at all - nothing as i am new to photography so haven't invested in anything as yet and i have so much to learn - as Saly knows,lol.
I have only just started using the flash, never used it normally but someone suggested i try it so i did,lol. Not tried a defuser as yet so interested in mtngal's post so more info there please.
Saly no problem cropping further, always happy to learn and advance.
Thanks everyone for your posts, i appreciate them and i am hoping to learn a lot more too so any tips and tricks jsut send and i will give them all a go.
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It's not a big deal for my diffuser - if you are using the camera's built-in flash, just take a coffee filter and a rubber band and put the filter very losely over the flash, securing it with the rubber band. Since I have a separate flash mounted on the hot shoe, and my coffee maker uses cone filters, I have the cone part sticking out from the flash, so the filter doesn't touch the glass of the flash itself. I'd probably do the same thing with the built-in flash, have the paper at a bit of a ways from the flash head. Don't know if it makes a difference or not.

Another idea I once saw for a built-in flash is to get an old Fujifilm 35mm film canister that was milky white and cut that to fit over your flash, more elaborate than my coffee filter/rubber band. For external/shoe mounted flashes I understand the bottom of some rubbing alcohol bottles work well as they are approximately the correct size. When I first got my flash I tried a piece of both engineering vellum and mylar, but neither worked - both of them are designed to pass light (for making blueprints) and don't diffuse enough to make a difference.
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Thanks, i don't use coffee so that one i out for me, not seen white film canisters but will look out for one and being in the UK not sure what rubbing alcohol is. All useful info and i will remember it for the future. Thanks E.
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eysha,
Rubbing alcohol also goes by the more technical term, "Isopropyl alcohol."
The Fuji white film canisters are getting to be a rare find in these days of digital photography. I've heard of others using a paper tissue (also known as "Kleenex" in these parts of the world.) I suspect a "serviette" that doesn't block too much light might also work.
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Thanks Selvin, i will look that up. I have heard it used in artwork in America but not heard of it here so it is probably here under a different name.
I can try kleenex and see what happends, always up for an experiment,lol.
Thanks for having me here, i really hope to learn a lot as i am still struggling ith my attempts at photography and still cannot get ISO, Apature and Shutter speed into my head yet, lol.
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