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    I've observed quite a few shopping mall fashion shoots and private indoor events....

    Is it a must to use flash + diffuser when shooting?

    For myself, I've been shooting w/o the aid of flash even in low light conditions. (Not even the built-in flash, which is think is quite limited) I simply adjust the aperture and shutter speed to compensate.

    I intend to try out shooting @ Fashion events. Any tips?
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    Default Re: a MUST to use flash?

    not necessary but best to have

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    Default Re: a MUST to use flash?

    Quote Originally Posted by luna_sea83 View Post
    not necessary but best to have
    if it's in a brightly lit mall, w/o flash should be ok right?

    My understanding is that, flash with diffuser in this case fills in the shadow parts of the subject.
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    Default Re: a MUST to use flash?

    It's subjective. If you are able to get the shot you want and happy with the result, then you may not need a flash.
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    Default Re: a MUST to use flash?

    For me... Indoor event shoot, unless you really have a very fast lens or want to have alot of shadows.... it is NFNT....

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    Default Re: a MUST to use flash?

    I usually would use in this case to illuminate dark areas.
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    Default Re: a MUST to use flash?

    Yes, to fill in the shadows....

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    Default Re: a MUST to use flash?

    Quote Originally Posted by pooQy View Post
    I've observed quite a few shopping mall fashion shoots and private indoor events....
    Is it a must to use flash + diffuser when shooting?
    Put on your flash, take pictures of the same object with flash and without. Compare. Decide for yourself.
    Flash is additional light from a defined source. It's up to you and your concept / idea whether flash is helpful or not. Keep in mind: flash can be adjusted in its output to be balanced with existing light (see "fill flash").

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    Default Re: a MUST to use flash?

    if you learn to control the flash

    you will be able to fill in the shadows or create shadows if you want
    the colours will also be more vibrant

    give it a try

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    Default Re: a MUST to use flash?

    Thanks all for your comments/input.

    As advised, i will probably look around to borrow a flash to try out the effects. Hands-on speaks for itself.
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