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    Is flash bracket like this http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=505596 really usefull for shooting potraits?

    Can i have the view from somebody using it or similar bracket? Thanks.

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    Don't see how it could be useful. Then again, the Sony 58AM swivels up and down already anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Don't see how it could be useful. Then again, the Sony 58AM swivels up and down already anyway.
    But I saw a lot of wedding photographers use it. Don't know what it is good at. Is it as good as off shoe strobes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nyist View Post
    But I saw a lot of wedding photographers use it. Don't know what it is good at. Is it as good as off shoe strobes?
    It just puts more distance between the flash and the camera, and lets you swivel the flash head so it's always vertical. Could be handy for camera systems that don't have a swivel-head flash.

    If your flash can already do that, there's less of a need for it.
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    if your shooting style is using omnibounce or direct flash, you will encounter an issue of shadow casting at the side of your subject when you shooting portrait orientation. ( portrait orientation≠ portrait, am referring to event shooting)

    the another benefit of using a flash bracket is also make the flash further away from the lens axis, this is to eliminate redeye effects, Caucasian are prone to have this problem, that is how you aways see flash bracket is a standard set up in the event shoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    if your shooting style is using omnibounce or direct flash, you will encounter an issue of shadow casting at the side of your subject when you shooting portrait orientation. ( portrait orientation≠ portrait, am referring to event shooting)

    the another benefit of using a flash bracket is also make the flash further away from the lens axis, this is to eliminate redeye effects, Caucasian are prone to have this problem, that is how you aways see flash bracket is a standard set up in the event shoot.

    Hope this help.
    Thanks bro. Is there any improvement to the lighting quality to the subject compare to a normal hotshoe flash? I mean in terms of harsh shadows, softness and hardness of the flash.

    For events, I like to use direct flash with diffuser attached. If I use the bracket with this combo, is there any chance for better photos?

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    Default Re: Flash bracket

    bcos the flash is elevated above the lens axis in both portrait n landscape orientations, the shadows are hidden behind n below the subjects. the absence of shadows on the background tends to give the impression that the light is less harsh.

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    no, the flash is still the same, it is only make the shadow fall behind your subject when you shooting in vertical, not at the side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Don't see how it could be useful. Then again, the Sony 58AM swivels up and down already anyway.
    If only my 580EX II was built that way too, but i use my WT to compensate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Don't see how it could be useful. Then again, the Sony 58AM swivels up and down already anyway.
    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    If only my 580EX II was built that way too, but i use my WT to compensate.
    but still, the flash head is not right above the lens axis when you turn the camera to vertical shots
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    a flash bracket is VERY useful.
    especially for weddings where you tend to take a little more portrait orientation poses.

    really-right-stuff makes very good flash brackets, abit expensive though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    a flash bracket is VERY useful.
    especially for weddings where you tend to take a little more portrait orientation poses.

    really-right-stuff makes very good flash brackets, abit expensive though.
    really-right-stuff the price really right.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    really-right-stuff the price really right.....
    no doubt about that.
    but theirs is quality stuff.

    http://reallyrightstuff.com/flash/03.html

    i got mine freight over.
    been loving it since the day i've got it.

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    i am using the demb bracket..very convenient and mainly use it to reduce shadows cast by the flash when shooting in potrait orientation.

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