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    Default The importance of an external flash

    Hi Guys,

    I am using 40D & 17-55 F2.8 to shoot portrait (mainly) and landscape.

    May I know how important is external flash to the shooting? And is it especially important to portrait, even when I take photos outside, during day time. I don't know if I should buy an external flash, like the Canon 430EX II.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: The importance of an external flash

    it is only useful if you take the trouble to learn how to use it well

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    Default Re: The importance of an external flash

    Stronger illumination, faster cycling, more flexible placement / angulation are some common features of external flash over the built in ones.

    Sometimes abit of fill flash under natural lighting can be nice to have for portraiture. But for me most of the time for my type of shoot ( i dun do portraits :P ) i am happy not using it. Individual work preference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    it is only useful if you take the trouble to learn how to use it well
    ya, fully agreed.. but if using manual 100% full charge for every burst type... learning curve will be even worst...
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    Quote Originally Posted by twisted illusion View Post
    ya, fully agreed.. but if using manual 100% full charge for every burst type... learning curve will be even worst...
    don't need to use manual

    firstly just RTFM will do

    then learn how to control the light

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    Default Re: The importance of an external flash

    Thanks for all the reply. Helps a lot.

    I think if price is within my budget I will get a used one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    it is only useful if you take the trouble to learn how to use it well
    Sorry if this is OT, but how do you learn to use it? Books? Videos? Any recommendations? I'm trying to learn to use the 430EXII as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhipLash View Post
    Sorry if this is OT, but how do you learn to use it? Books? Videos? Any recommendations? I'm trying to learn to use the 430EXII as well.
    basically there are two things you need to learn.

    #1, flash lighting.
    this is more generic, more on how you manipulate artificial/flash lighting. many books, sites, youtube do have discussion or tutorial on this areas

    #2, operating a flash.
    this is know what the functions your 430XII have and how to use it. read your flash manual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhipLash View Post
    Sorry if this is OT, but how do you learn to use it? Books? Videos? Any recommendations? I'm trying to learn to use the 430EXII as well.
    Check this page out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calebk View Post
    Check this page out.
    Thanks guys. That is very informative!

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