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    hi all. whilst shooting for the first time at the orchid gardens, i saw a group of photographers with very high end equipment shooting the orchids and all of them had hand held flashes. i tried searching on this but nothing much came up. can anyone of you enlighten me on the benefits of using such flashes when shooting orchids and such and how does a hand held flash compare to one mounted on the hotshoe. thanks

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    I'm not too sure if you are referring to the Nikon R1C1 or so called CLS (Creative Lighting System).

    You may like to have a look at Nikon R1C1 Digitutor

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    This is called off camera flash set up, you can use a TTL cord to connect your camera to the hotshoe flash to do this, or a pc cord if you don't need to work with TTL. Nikon user can use Creative Lighting System also.
    This set up can let you light the subject from the side or from the back instead just from the front.
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    oh i see.. what exactly is TTL flash then ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by justni View Post
    oh i see.. what exactly is TTL flash then ?
    meter reading taken thru the lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    meter reading taken thru the lens.
    hmm ok.. for the fact that all of them used flash while taking the orchids, does it means that a good flash gun is essential for such pictures, or will the built in flash suffice.

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    Do take extra caution especially using flash on white flowers cos can be easily overexposed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justni View Post
    hmm ok.. for the fact that all of them used flash while taking the orchids, does it means that a good flash gun is essential for such pictures, or will the built in flash suffice.
    I hardly use the built in flash on my F80, D70, D100, D200, so I can't say built in flash no good.
    But I know Ortega can do wonders with his built in flash for his macro subjects.
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    well actually my question is whether a flashgun is worth it for the price and how much more flexibility can it give you as compared to a built in flash ..

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    A seperate flash offers you alot of angles which you couldn't take with the built in. For built in, flash is always direct. At times, you will need to flash to be from bottom up or from side, depending on the natural light at that point of time. This, is something you can never achieve with your built-in.

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    a flashgun will be more flexible on lighting the subject,
    as for worth it or not? that depends on you.
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    someone called?

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    worry not what equipment you don't have
    worry more that you know how to use the equipment that you do

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    worry not what equipment you don't have
    worry more that you know how to use the equipment that you do
    Well said!! I am impressed!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lmodel View Post
    A seperate flash offers you alot of angles which you couldn't take with the built in. For built in, flash is always direct. At times, you will need to flash to be from bottom up or from side, depending on the natural light at that point of time. This, is something you can never achieve with your built-in.

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    Also, built-in ones are not as powerful and are more prone to red-eye effect as the flash is closer to the lens axis.
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    Flash is my Vibration Reduction .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lmodel View Post
    A seperate flash offers you alot of angles which you couldn't take with the built in. For built in, flash is always direct. At times, you will need to flash to be from bottom up or from side, depending on the natural light at that point of time. This, is something you can never achieve with your built-in.

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    Yup... agrees wholeheartedly... it's fun experimenting with the different angles of light tat you can light up a subject.

    Mebbe later tonight, I can dig out some shots of a macro shoot done sometime back where I tried different lighting angles.
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