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cock3tail Feb 26, 2006 9:01 PM

Hello all, I recently bought a Canon 20D. My problem is that when I use the flash, I get a shadow around the person as if they were standing next to a wall,when in fact they are no where near a wall. Any help greatly appreciated.

[email protected] Feb 26, 2006 10:09 PM

Post a sample of what your talking about.

cock3tail Feb 27, 2006 12:21 AM

Thanks Terry, Here is a sample of what I am talking about. Notice the shadow around the body. He is no where near the wall.

pjporter Feb 27, 2006 2:10 AM

Although he is nowhere near the wall, I believe the shadow is still hitting the wall. You could try lowering the power of the flash, that may help. The flash on the 20D is pretty powerful and could easily cast a shadow from that distance.

You could also try a homemade diffuser or redirect the direct flash.


[email protected] Feb 27, 2006 12:20 PM

Or use hot shoe mounted flash, and swivel it so it reflects off the ceiling.

I use a Sunpak 383 for that, a rather inexpensive flash.

JohnG Feb 27, 2006 3:09 PM


get an external flash with bounce capability and you'll see those shadows (along with redeye) disappear. Without bouncing a flash there really is no way to eliminate shadows. Any of the Canon EX series (580, 550, 430) are excellent. I have and would also recommend the Sigma 500 DG Super flash - it was reverse engineered from the 550ex and has all the features at less cost.

cock3tail Feb 27, 2006 4:51 PM

Thanks for all the help. I have taken the advice and bought a Canon 580 EX. I'm sure from the replys, that will solve the problem.

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