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  • Tomo 1 Jan 2013 20:54:46 13,945 posts
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    Does anyone use a flash bracket for shooting events/weddings etc?

    What do you use them for? Does it noticeable improve close-ups of people?

    Any experiences with these too?:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/833251-REG/DEMB_DFDP_Flash_Diffuser_Pro.html
  • Jos 4 Jan 2013 15:23:33 709 posts
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    A flash bracket is going to make head on shots look a bit nicer as the flash will not be hitting straight on - i.e. not coming from the same place as the camera which tends to wash out and flatten your images. Kind of like it is trying to be an all in one fill and key light (ish). Also reduces the chances of red eye. But if you are bouncing your flash I wouldn't bother with one as it won't make much difference. You'll need a gizmo like the one you linked to do that if you haven't got a directable flash head.

    Not to mention you'll look a whole lot more conspicuous with a bracket in a wedding.
  • Tomo 4 Jan 2013 16:05:19 13,945 posts
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    Any experience with the flash diffusers? They look quite good from one set of photo I've seen. Seemingly quite an even fill.
  • Maturin 4 Jan 2013 16:48:06 3,098 posts
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    Tomo wrote:
    Any experience with the flash diffusers? They look quite good from one set of photo I've seen. Seemingly quite an even fill.
    Yes I used to use one when I had a Canon speedlight. Softened the flash quite a bit and made for some nice portraits.
  • phAge 5 Jan 2013 23:11:41 24,386 posts
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    Experimenting with my new Tamron 90mm macro I got for X-mas.

    This one has some sharpness issues, but as a test I think it's quite nice.

    I also rather like these mushrooms.
  • Lukus 6 Jan 2013 13:42:59 19,248 posts
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    Lukus wrote in the X100 thread but thought he'd stick it in here too:
    Fuji announce X100s.

    Sounds really good. Trouble is, I still want an X-Pro1, or more likely the inevitable X-Pro2 with all the expected improvements. Which means waiting for who knows how long. Stupid bloody lovely horrible brilliant technology.

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  • UncleLou Moderator 6 Jan 2013 15:49:14 35,712 posts
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    Oooooh, interesting. Love my X100 to bits.


    Lusting after an X-Pro 1 as well, but it would kind of defeat the purpose why I bought an X100 in the first place - no lenses to carry around, just a camera I can grab anytime.What about an X-E1, Lukus?

    Edited by UncleLou at 17:17:23 06-01-2013
  • Lukus 6 Jan 2013 17:13:50 19,248 posts
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    I'm thinking about it but I'd quite like the optical view finder rather than the EVF. Plus same predicament, I'll probably end up waiting to see how the inevitable XE2 turns out!

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  • UncleLou Moderator 6 Jan 2013 17:19:47 35,712 posts
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    Both rather unlikely before 2014, though. :)
  • Lukus 6 Jan 2013 17:21:37 19,248 posts
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    /cries

    I know, that x100s is looking extra tempting now!
    Classic first world problem.

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  • Nth 6 Jan 2013 22:34:21 3,121 posts
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    I use the OVF about 1% of the time on my X100, might as well just be EVF for me.
  • Maturin 6 Jan 2013 23:11:03 3,098 posts
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    I love the EVF in my NEX-6. Use it most of the time, hardly use the screen. I don't miss a proper OVF at all. I've even got my camera to show settings on the screen much of the time and use the EVF for composition.
  • Jos 7 Jan 2013 10:10:40 709 posts
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    Tomo wrote:
    Any experience with the flash diffusers? They look quite good from one set of photo I've seen. Seemingly quite an even fill.
    Basically what they are trying to do is make the light source (the flash) bigger either by being big themselfs or scattering the light more at the expense of power. I don't use them but a friend does and it does soften the flash. But if you bounce off a wall or ceiling you are effectively making the light source much much bigger than any diffuser.

    Still comes back to being able to easily target the flash direction. It can be hectic at a wedding and you might not want the added hassle of constantly redirecting a flash (or not have a diretable flash) and so diffuser might work well for you.
  • phAge 12 Jan 2013 16:13:35 24,386 posts
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    More macro - got an old ASUS 7600 GT from work and thought I'd see what it looks like up close.

    Doodad

    Thingy

    Edited by phAge at 16:14:09 12-01-2013
  • Tonka 14 Jan 2013 09:14:28 20,786 posts
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    I have become a phone camera user


    Makes me wonder how long until all cameras have android on them.

    If you can read this you really need to fiddle with your forum settings.

  • DevilsKebab 15 Jan 2013 17:45:03 653 posts
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    Thought I'd give fellow Eurogamers first dibs.
    I'm selling my Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L IS USM with everything that came in the box, Lens case and Lens hood.
    Perfect condition, bought in May of last year.
    Looking for £500, can deliver it in person in London area.

    If you're interested, drop me a PM
    If no takers by the end of the week, I'm going to pop it up on Amazon.
  • Maturin 15 Jan 2013 22:54:34 3,098 posts
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    I've been out in the garden this evening trying my NEX-6 at astro photography for the first time. Got some nice shots of Orion, The Pleiades and The Milky Way. But on the way back into the house noticed Ursa Major rising across the street over my neighbours' houses. So I set the tripod up again and took this quick shot, which I rather like.



    Edited by Maturin at 22:58:33 15-01-2013
  • Nth 21 Jan 2013 16:34:05 3,121 posts
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    Dungeness boats in the snow
  • Tonka 21 Jan 2013 17:53:38 20,786 posts
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    What is this dungness place? Seems like people left out to root a few decades ago. Was they some poison spill or something?

    If you can read this you really need to fiddle with your forum settings.

  • skuzzbag 21 Jan 2013 20:52:30 5,651 posts
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    Nth wrote:
    Dungeness boats in the snow
    Nice - Have you got that shot from an even lower angle?

    That's a bit like writing "a good attempt" on an essay and not what I meant!
  • Nth 21 Jan 2013 21:06:18 3,121 posts
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    I have some others I'm still working through.
  • Lukus 25 Jan 2013 13:58:40 19,248 posts
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    If you're not sick of frost and snow photos yet - http://artbylukebennett.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/obligatory-winter-2012-2013-snow-and.html

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  • billythekid 25 Jan 2013 14:32:33 11,196 posts
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    First attempt at some B&W street photography, not too sure but I kind of like it.
  • DevilsKebab 25 Jan 2013 15:33:05 653 posts
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    Thought I'd have a late night wander around my area and take some pics...

    Pathway
    Bench
    Brickwork
  • Nth 27 Jan 2013 15:38:00 3,121 posts
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    Major panic today when I was walking in the woods and saw a human foot sticking out of the undergrowth. Turned out to be this…

    Mannequin
  • henro_ben 30 Jan 2013 10:15:30 2,220 posts
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    Nth wrote:
    Major panic today when I was walking in the woods and saw a human foot sticking out of the undergrowth. Turned out to be this…

    Mannequin
    Bet that gave you one hell of a shock!

    How's it going with the long exposure/seascapes?

    Have just taken delivery of a new tripod as the old one had basically fused together after so much exposure to salt water. Present to myself after a fairly unpleasant break-up with my ex.

    Rather looking forward to getting out and taking some shots again, have really missed it.
  • Nth 30 Jan 2013 10:31:07 3,121 posts
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    Sorry to hear about the breakup :(

    I've not done much - was so cold in Dungeness when I stayed there I wanted to keep moving! I'm doing a workshop next week though in Broadstairs & Margate which could be interesting. Actually on the verge of a new tripod as my cheap Manfrotto can't go really low - looking at a 3 Legged Thing 'Adrian' with head for £229. What did you buy?

    http://bit.ly/XJoAAh

    Edited by Nth at 10:32:17 30-01-2013
  • henro_ben 30 Jan 2013 10:56:42 2,220 posts
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    Yeah, has not been a good couple of weeks. Still, will get over it eventually I'm sure and walking along the coast always makes me feel happier and calmer.

    I went for Manfrotto 190x PROB in the end. Didn't want to spend too much as they just get knackered by the saltwater.

    Can't remember how low this one goes but it's pretty low, the legs will lock at almost horizontal & you can swing the centre column out to horizontal as well.

    Like the look of the Adrian but I like having a heavier tripod for land/seascapes - it's a bugger to carry about but you'll be thankful when it's windy ;-)
  • Tonka 30 Jan 2013 11:09:07 20,786 posts
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    henro_ben wrote:
    Yeah, has not been a good couple of weeks. Still, will get over it eventually I'm sure and wanking along the coast always makes me feel happier and calmer.
    O_O

    If you can read this you really need to fiddle with your forum settings.

  • henro_ben 30 Jan 2013 11:17:20 2,220 posts
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    Tonka wrote:
    henro_ben wrote:
    Yeah, has not been a good couple of weeks. Still, will get over it eventually I'm sure and wanking along the coast always makes me feel happier and calmer.
    O_O
    What can I say, I'm just a freeform and natural kind of guy. You can't restrict me with your "society" and your "rules" man!

    ;-)
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