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Old 06-03-2006, 15:34   #1 (permalink)
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Cool Flash or not to Flash? Oh do behave!

OK guys,

Do I really need a flash unit? nearly all my shots are taken outside, landscapes and wildlife mostly so i wouldn't of thought i need a external flash unit, but everywhere i seem to be reading that they are the most useful accessory you can own?????? I am missing something? i hardly ever take any indoor shots apart from dabbling in marco and i try to use natural light.

sorry if its a dumb question
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Old 06-03-2006, 15:36   #2 (permalink)
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I don't own one, and haven't needed one in the last 18 months I've had my D70. Like you nearly all my pics are taken outside.
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Old 06-03-2006, 15:40   #3 (permalink)
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If you dont need to capture fast moving (albeit close objects/people, in limited light), if you dont do indoor, if you live somewhere that has a bright climate - fine you probably will not need a flash.

However its a very flexible tool that can make it possible to get a shot or not, landscapes obviously it wont be as relevant.

Do you mean Speedlite, or do you mean any flash, in most cases your camera mounted flash (if it has one) will be adequate.
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If i got one it would probably be the speedlit 430ex.
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Old 06-03-2006, 18:38   #5 (permalink)
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You should consider using a flash when shooting wildlife.
It can be used to create catchlights, and to reduce shadows on a bright day.

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It can also help to get your shutterspeed up on a dull day.

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This shot was taken on a dull day at the TPF chester zoo gathering.
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I've had a 580EX sat on the camera virtually unused.
I found I got pretty harsh shadows when using it and bouncing off walls and ceilings didn't always get the result.
I added a flash diffuser bag to mine (99p on ebay) and it's made a vast difference.
I haven't got the alternative shots anymore, but I took the shot below with natural light (loads of noise because of the higher ISO I had to use) and with the straight flash unit (harsh shadows) Popped on the diffuser bag and the difference was amazing.
The flash really brought out the colours too.

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If you look at any wedding photographer working, you'll see they use flash all the time - even in bright sunlight, but it's usually fill-flash, just powerful enough to light the shadows and give the shots a bit of extra punch. A flash is an invaluable piece of kit as demonstrated by some of the shots above.

It doesn't have to be high on your list of priorities, depending on what other kit you need, but if your wildife shots extend to macro you'll find a lot of shots are virtually impossible without a good flash unit, so ultimately no photographer's kit is really complete without one.
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Yes you need one.
Yes it's difficult to master the technique well enough for the effect to look natural and unobtrusive.

Buy one now and start practicing before you actually need to use it for real.
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Guy's,

Thanks for the advise, I will start looking for a 430ex right away.

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Just got back from a days shooting at the Andover Hawk Conservatory in hampshire, fantastic day all for £8.75 entrance fee. If you get chance i can heartely recommend it. Bit chilly though!
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