Much like the edge chromatic aberration I found in backlight situations after I shot some pictures with a 35mm f/1.8 nikkor lens I just bought, it's hard-edged boqueh and ghosts, I don't quite know what I'll come across with a flash, as I've never owned one. I'm actually pretty lost and I need a guide '^^
I shoot people. I get asked to go to gatherings to shoot pictures and I want the flash to obtain more and better light since most saloons are very, very poorly lit. I'm planning on having it on a tripod with an umbrella and point it in the direction I want the light, then focus on shooting in the general vicinity, then moving the tripod as needed.
I'm still quite amateur, I'm trying stuff out. Are you saying then that ANY flash will do? I'll settle for anything that lights up a room, honestly, I just don't feel confortable buying anything when I don't fully understand what I'm paying for :/
I have no samples for you. I don't seek anything fancy, just bright soft light with somewhat portable gear. Every now and then someone asks me to take pictures at an event of a certain relevance to them -for a small, entry level price- and I end up having to decline it.
I need something that allows me to circumvent shitty light, I've worked that out to be a remote triggered flash + umbrella combo, wich is what I've seen other photographers use. I'm buying basic gear but i'm not on a budget and I don't want to overshoot either.
Rather than asking wich flash to buy, I'm asking what qualities I might want to look for in any flash, so that I understand what I'm buying.
SvenlerFeatured By OwnerOct 29, 2012Professional Photographer
Either you really have no freaking idea, or you are trying to pull our legs.
If the former is the case, you certainly shouldn't be doing work that requires you to use gear that you have no idea about without extensively testing it first.
The requirements for groups of two people are vastly different from the requirements for groups of 20 people.
For example (and these numbers aren't necessarily accurate), a single 1,000 Ws strobe will enable you to shoot anything from 1 to about 30 people; a single Qflash will get you enough light for 1 to 10 people; a cheap and single on-camera flash will get you from 1-4 people (if you stack them).
I like to go the versatility route, the more I can do with one piece of gear, the less pieces of gear I need. Of course it costs more in the beginning, but in the end it's cheaper than constantly having to upgrade and takes up less room.
Well they aren't jobs, they are more like "hey, I like your pictures, think you could shoot some at my son's birthday? I'll throw you some bucks" kinda stuff. For the above mentioned reasons I decline these offers.
I've practiced in various family events for a few years now and I'm in the process of aquiring gear and testing it out in an attempt to transition to a semi professional status.