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Old Jan 24, 2008, 10:15 PM   #11
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I don't know that flash, and I hate flash photography but sometimes that is the only way to get a shot. Many of the problems with flash (harsh shadows, red-eye, glare) can be reduced by bouncing and/or diffusing the light. Since bouncing and diffusing reduce the amount of light reaching the subject from the flash, more power is needed.

So if you are shopping for a flash, power (normally measured in guide number) is the key item. Being able to tilt so you can bounce is next.
Flash does introduce an unnatural element into the picture. Bouncing softens the harshness somewhat.

The more powerful the flash/the higher the guide number, the more flexible you are. Unfortunately, with a slave, external flash, because there is no physical connection from camera to slave flash, the power output of the flash is not regulated automatically and you can get over-exposed shots. You need a flash that can be manually regulated and you will, then, have to do test shots to ensure the right exposeure.

This is the reason I shifted from a p&s without hotshoe to one with a hotshoe.
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Old Jan 25, 2008, 7:56 PM   #12
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True, manual setting are needed to use a simple external flash. I consider that an advantage simply because it foces me to slow down and think about what I am doing. In a party situation, doing several setup shots to figure out what f/stop to use (shutter speed is irrelavent so long as it is slow enough, generaly below 125th) gets everyone used to the idea that a flash is going off and get used to it.

If you are looking at slave triggered flash units, take a look at some of the old thyristor manual units with a separate slave unit. Some of those go fairly cheap for pretty good power.
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BillDrew,

Noticed you are from Wisconsin. Beautiful area for very exciting nature photos, specially toward the North toward Green Bay. Whereabouts is Hay River Township?
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Noticed you are from Wisconsin. Beautiful area for very exciting nature photos, specially toward the North toward Green Bay. Whereabouts is Hay River Township?
The other side fo the state from Green Bay: about 80 miles east of Minneapolis MN.
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Thanks BillDrew. I love Wisconsin.
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