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Since I am not a professional, I can not justify purchasing lightroom.

Can anyone advise similar software to lightroom in regards to photo retouching?

I've been using Sagelight, but I am afraid software development is dead.


Lighting / Re: 430EX II for £155 delivered (after rebate)
« on: June 21, 2013, 11:58:15 PM »
my new 430ex ii assist light not firing:
Pitch Dark Location
Under custom setting, AF Assist light enabled: 0
One Shot AF Mode
Single Shot Drive
Flash on ettl
Manual or AV mode

I better visit canon service.

Lighting / Re: 430EX II for £155 delivered (after rebate)
« on: June 20, 2013, 09:57:18 PM »
Is it true that, you can not use AF Assist light on Manual, Av, Tv mode? (using 430ex ii)

Lighting / Re: On Camera Flash: Direct or Bounce, candid.
« on: June 20, 2013, 08:17:52 PM »
Thanks a lot, i need info just to get start with something.
I recently acquired 430ex for my 6D.

I will keep your tips in mind:
Bounce as possible, (creating bigger source of light)
ambient light still better,
catch light to subject's eye also is flattering (but i havent seen how pretty it can be)

off camera is a different story. =D

Lighting / Re: On Camera Flash: Direct or Bounce, candid.
« on: June 20, 2013, 08:12:32 PM »
I'll bounce..  trying to hit the side wall where most of the light will flow directly onto them.   if there isn't a side wall,  I'll bounce from above.   if there aren't any walls, I'll  bounce from below.

I'm not sure if I misunderstood you. But did you mean pointing the flash to the ground?  No flash lets you point down that far unless you use a cord or wireless trigger.  More importantly you'll create a ghostly look if light comes from below instead of above.

I believe what he's trying to say is bounce as much as possible.

Lighting / On Camera Flash: Direct or Bounce, candid.
« on: June 19, 2013, 11:55:36 PM »

When shooting candidly with 85mm or 50mm or below focal length lens,

Do you tilt flash head direct to your subject or use bounce card?
or use a diffuser direct or diffuser upward?

How about for telephoto lens?

Lighting / Re: Flash Newbie: Flash Photography Concept
« on: June 19, 2013, 11:38:24 PM »
Thank you for the all the info, keep it coming, if it is regarding best practices for beginner.

Now I have these infos at the back of my head, it is time to apply and play with it.

Lighting / Re: Flash Newbie: Flash Photography Concept
« on: June 18, 2013, 01:08:31 AM »
Basically, what is the standard good practice when using a flash?
is it:

1. switch off the flash
2. take desired ambient light exposure (determine min shutter speed desired as well as iso n aperture.
3. switch on flash
4. take picture
5. adjust as desired

Can share us your standard practice or tips?

in my first post, i was actually asking for step 1 n 2, automatic way.

Lighting / Re: Flash Newbie: Flash Photography Concept
« on: June 18, 2013, 12:57:05 AM »
Thanks for all the inputs.
In my context of Av mode, i refer to the feature of minimum shutter speed, and being able to use iso range automatically.
if i have 85mm lens, there's no way i can limit my shutter speed to faster than 1/90. Also iso is fixed, i dont have the luxury to preserve my iso settings. Thus i said Av is not advisable.

On sunny location, maybe i can make work around such that when it get dark, shutter speed will be above 1/90.
if this dont work,
I guess i will use manual.

I want the book. but i want it in PDF. If not, later on, i will surely buy this book.
in the mean time, i will play with my settings.

And yes, upon using manual using flash, i tend to use manual unconciously all the time.

Which is goid, because, u learn to tell the settings, just by being in the location.

Lighting / Re: Flash Newbie: Flash Photography Concept
« on: June 17, 2013, 03:40:37 AM »
So in conclusion, if flash is mounted, there is no way to automatically get standard exposure in Av mode.
Also it is undesireable to use Av mode, simply because there is no way I can make my Min shutter speed to 1/90 or 1/125. Also Auto ISO is Clipped to 400.

My intention is, I want the camera to automatically get exposure of ambient light 1 stop below standard exposure exposure (given min shutter speed and auto ISO), in different lighting condition. And be able adjust FEC as necessary.

As conclusion There is No Way to do this.

Lighting / Flash Newbie: Flash Photography Concept
« on: June 16, 2013, 10:03:13 PM »
Can someone enlighten me, I acquired 430ex ii for my 6D recently.

I am using 6D for six months, its my first dslr. I am used to Av mode, auto ISO, minimum shutter speed set.
The camera will meter properly and under or overexpose accordingly base from exposure compensation.

My concept of having a flash is that. The camera will meter the scene automatically as if it wasn't using flash. According to settings. Then the function of a flash is just an addon light to the scene.

But I don't understand what is actually happening when using flash in Av mode:

In Av mode with flash. My shutter speed goes less than the min shutter speed set in the camera.
ISO stuck to 400 (why is this?). I can not control my ambient light.

I know I can use manual, but what I want is the camera is able to meter on the scene automatically, basically use only exposure compensation for ambient and FEC for flash add on. How can I do this.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: View finder Help: Rule of thirds
« on: May 27, 2013, 10:56:25 AM »
When I got home, i re-look into the view finder.
My perspective change.
Now I am aware how bright it is,
its like looking in an arbitrary painting,
I can now see how easy it is to compose my shot.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: View finder Help: Rule of thirds
« on: May 26, 2013, 08:29:11 PM »
Thanks guys. Now I understand why there is no grud guide as default, because its not universal anyway.
Recently I found head of people I shot in the middle horizontal often.

Thanks for the tips,
Now I am convinced that recompose is a must for 6D.
i usually shoot people,
I think I may not necessarily place my focus point on persons face.
in the chest or other parts will do, to create my composition.

But it will be a challenge for candid shots.

What do you think?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / View finder Help: Rule of thirds
« on: May 26, 2013, 11:39:18 AM »
I'm using 6D. Recently, I rented 24-105. Upon reviewing my pics, my composition was not good. I used to have grid lines on my Powershot g12.

Can anyone enlighten me,

How does the photographer apply rule of third when there is no grid?

How they trained themselves to compose nicely using only the diamond pattern focus point?

Or is it that Real Photographer don't use any grid guides at all, but uses their visual skills?

. first: I don't understand the first post. Title says, No aperture selection. But the problem is as stated, shutter speed is way to slow.

. second: In Av mode, camera sets shutter speed to 0.5s. Of course, this is how Av mode right? depend on the ISO set, and aperture set, shutter speed is automatically set base from desired exposure.

. third: of course it will see the flash, because shutter speed is slower than sync speed which is around 1/200.

What did I miss?

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