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dancemania

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I note that some people use the flash and some don't use a flash when taking dance photos at Vivo City. Can someone explain why?
 

madmartian

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If you don't want Flash Gordon to appear, then don't use flash. If you want him to appear, then you got to use the flash.
 

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I note that some people use the flash and some don't use a flash when taking dance photos at Vivo City. Can someone explain why?
Some are not able to read their manual (about how to switch off flash) and some don't understand how and when to use it.
 

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Would you like to elaborate on this?
Read up about
- Flash as main source of light
- Fill flash / Balancing ambient light and flash light
- Directional light / Shadows / Backlight
Main question remains: what do you want to capture? Then analyze your conditions and determine whether that fits your purpose or whether you need to bring in additional means in order to achieve the image you have in mind.
Famous and often inquired example: shooting a person with sun / strong light in back. Dynamic range is too big. Proper exposure for face will overexpose the background, correct background exposure will result in dark face. Ergo: you need more light. That's where flash can be helpful - or reflectors.
Get your camera and start shooting :)
 

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redname

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i've got a qn abt flash (the one attached to the camera).

when do i know what mode to use? wat kind of effects can the different mode produce?

this qn arose when prev i used to think slow sync is for taking night shots where u want the subject to be lit up but yet still keeping the background. recently i saw someone on CS mentioning tht "rear" shld be the method for this, so i'm confused here
 

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i've got a qn abt flash (the one attached to the camera).

when do i know what mode to use? wat kind of effects can the different mode produce?

this qn arose when prev i used to think slow sync is for taking night shots where u want the subject to be lit up but yet still keeping the background. recently i saw someone on CS mentioning tht "rear" shld be the method for this, so i'm confused here
when using slow shutter sync, the default setting is front curtain sync, so if your subject is still, there is no different between front curtain or rear curtain sync.

but if your subject is moving, use rear curtain sync will yield better effect, cos the flash will fire prior shutter close, so the ambient light trail is at the rear of your moving subject instead of the front. but there is a catch, you need to practice when is the right moment to click the shutter, cos the flash will fire slightly slower when you depress the shutter release.
 

szeping

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:bsmilie: Thanks catchlights for enlightening TS (and me).

Flash = light source. So if you want to manipulate an extra light source despite the ambient light, then you can use flash. But what can it achieve?

- Lightens your object (and sometimes background)
- Fills the shadow
- Allows faster shutter speed to freeze the motion
- Trains your muscle (if you are using external flash)
- Might make you look more pro

this qn arose when prev i used to think slow sync is for taking night shots where u want the subject to be lit up but yet still keeping the background. recently i saw someone on CS mentioning tht "rear" shld be the method for this, so i'm confused here
After thinking and reading for so long, have you tried to test in both modes? Some might prefer slow and some rear to achieve what they want, so you might read on the difference between these two modes and TRY on your own. Nothing speaks better than own experience.
 

catchlights

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Ha Ha! Who doesn't know this?
hehe.. I bored yesterday.

anyway, flash beside provide supplement light, it will also freeze moment, so it depends what effects the photographers are looking for.

can use flash with higher shutter speed to have full freezing action shots
can use flash with slow sync flash, so to have action freezing with light trails shots

shoot slow shutter without using flash can have full motion blur shots...

blar blar blar...... like I said earlier, depends on what the effect photographers looking for.
 

catchlights

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brw, some people don't use flash also can be...

hate to use flash
don't have flash
don't know how to use flash
got a awesome camera can shoot with si beh high ISO
etc etc etc
 

redname

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After thinking and reading for so long, have you tried to test in both modes? Some might prefer slow and some rear to achieve what they want, so you might read on the difference between these two modes and TRY on your own. Nothing speaks better than own experience.
no chance cause i only thought abt it last nite :D
 

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redname;....this qn arose when prev i used to think slow sync is for taking night shots where u want the subject to be lit up but yet still keeping the background. recently i saw someone on CS mentioning tht "rear" shld be the method for this said:
Front and rear sync

 

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