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    Default When do you use f1.8 ?

    Hi Guys,

    Would like to gather some feedback in what kind of shot do you use f1.8?

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    Default Re: When do you use f1.8 ?

    Low light, taking portraits, and when you don't have a external flash unit like me

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    Default Re: When do you use f1.8 ?

    you mean F1.2 ?

    obvious, lowlight and flash will spoil the shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricohflex View Post
    obvious, lowlight and flash will spoil the shot.
    Not true.. it depends on how you position your flash..

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    Hi....

    I think we used also f/1.8 or f/1.4 if we want more DOF.


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    ^ you mean a shallow depth of field?

    I use f1.8 when...

    1) I plan for a shallow depth of field look
    2) When I have no choice but to play with available light and its not bright enough, and I want to minimize the grain/electronic noise

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    wide open? when you absolutely, absolutely need every darned bit of light you can get.


    50mm, 1/25s, /1.4, ISO1600.
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    Default Re: When do you use f1.8 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by varf View Post
    wide open? when you absolutely, absolutely need every darned bit of light you can get.


    50mm, 1/25s, /1.4, ISO1600.
    Nice shot
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    Default Re: When do you use f1.8 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by shark View Post
    Hi Guys,

    Would like to gather some feedback in what kind of shot do you use f1.8?
    well maybe you can search @ pbase for 50mm shots...
    you will get to see more pictures and inspire by it.

    Words don't let you get the pictures.

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    when u want to achieve shallow DOF shots ...
    See my Photo Gallery at the Clubsnap

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    Default Re: When do you use f1.8 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaweb View Post
    when u want to achieve shallow DOF shots ...
    Will another question pop up?
    what is shallow DOF...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lypklypk View Post
    Not true.. it depends on how you position your flash..
    It is very hard to position the flash nicely. Even with all sorts of weird devices that diffuses light, the light coming staight on will flatten the image. If you want to detach the flash from the shoe and move it to the side, you will need additional devices and probably a sidekick to carry the flash around. That's not too practical except in a home/studio environment.

    Take a look at the section where people shoot girls at shows for examples of how flash destroys the look. Funny thing is... the people taking the pictures actually think that the whitish flashed flat look is nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shark View Post
    Hi Guys,

    Would like to gather some feedback in what kind of shot do you use f1.8?
    Whenever you feel f1.8 will deliver whatever you are trying to achieve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nottipiglet View Post
    It is very hard to position the flash nicely. Even with all sorts of weird devices that diffuses light, the light coming staight on will flatten the image. If you want to detach the flash from the shoe and move it to the side, you will need additional devices and probably a sidekick to carry the flash around. That's not too practical except in a home/studio environment.

    Take a look at the section where people shoot girls at shows for examples of how flash destroys the look. Funny thing is... the people taking the pictures actually think that the whitish flashed flat look is nice.
    Lol.. there's always the option of bounced light from flashes.. still, I've always prefer available-light shooting.. but flashes do have their uses in certain situations.

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