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Impressions of the weekend, feedback appreciated
« on: December 08, 2013, 04:42:41 PM »
I shot a party friday night and got some results that I wanted to share with you guys. I'm pretty happy with the shots i got this weekend. I was experimenting quite a lot and it was paying of for me. I could definetly  up my game in the nightclub photography area and gain some experience with color gels and off-camera flash.

The lens I used was a Tokina 12-24mm for APS-C sized sensors. The results when using long exposures, zooming and using multiple flashes are pretty interesting, especially in the range where the image circle can't cover the hole sensor of my 5D, it's almost like the light trails are coming out of the picture.

Tell me what you think, I really appreciate every feedback. :)
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« on: December 08, 2013, 04:42:41 PM »

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Re: Impressions of the weekend, feedback appreciated
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2013, 08:31:11 PM »
I shot a party friday night and got some results that I wanted to share with you guys. I'm pretty happy with the shots i got this weekend. I was experimenting quite a lot and it was paying of for me. I could definetly  up my game in the nightclub photography area and gain some experience with color gels and off-camera flash.

The lens I used was a Tokina 12-24mm for APS-C sized sensors. The results when using long exposures, zooming and using multiple flashes are pretty interesting, especially in the range where the image circle can't cover the hole sensor of my 5D, it's almost like the light trails are coming out of the picture.

Tell me what you think, I really appreciate every feedback. :)

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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2013, 11:27:59 PM »
You are a gutsy, experimental photographer and I admire that. I like the first photo a lot. Keep it up.

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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2013, 11:52:17 PM »
Nice. I like the dragged shutter and the speedlites off to the sides.
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2013, 02:07:56 AM »
Well done - nicely captured.
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Re: Impressions of the weekend, feedback appreciated
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2013, 03:09:42 AM »
These are really nice, I'd like to give some constructive criticism, but I don't find anything to improve. With the ef-s lens on ff you've found something quite unique, you should expand on that!

Btw it's always interesting to see djs put up a show when basically switching cds and doing some beatmixing :-p
 
The lens I used was a Tokina 12-24mm for APS-C sized sensors.

... and with a 5d2 *snigger* that'll make the "you need a 5d3 to shoot your doorknob in low light" crowd think :-p

The results when using long exposures, zooming and using multiple flashes are pretty interesting, especially in the range where the image circle can't cover the hole sensor of my 5D, it's almost like the light trails are coming out of the picture.

It's a damn pitty the Canon brand flashes don't support 2nd curtain remote sync - is this 1st or 2nd curtain (using your Yn triggers)?

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« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2013, 05:19:04 AM »
Nice colors, dynamic.
Very well done!

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« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2013, 08:34:28 AM »
These are great. I'm just thinking out loud with the following:

I could definetly  up my game in the nightclub photography area and gain some experience with color gels and off-camera flash.

- The white flash looks out of place so gels would make it look more 'natural', as if you weren't using a flash.
- The white flash does really well at separating the subject from the colourful mish-mash of lights and objects that would otherwise distract my eye and 'hide' the subject.

Reckon go for gels for that 'wow you got lucky with the light/how did you do that without flash' look, and 'bare' flash for busy shots where the subject would otherwise be a little too well camouflaged.

An off-camera flash placed behind your subject (well, behind as in behind relative to the camera) would also help separate the subject from the rest of the photo, so if you wanted to get away from the bare flash look experiment with that.

The lens I used was a Tokina 12-24mm for APS-C sized sensors. The results when using long exposures, zooming and using multiple flashes are pretty interesting, especially in the range where the image circle can't cover the hole sensor of my 5D, it's almost like the light trails are coming out of the picture.

These look great - the vignetting  really focuses my attention and the light trails coming out of the picture adds a sense of depth. I was wondering how you managed to prevent the light hitting what I thought was a black wall in around the DJ's booth - last thing I expected was using the 'wrong' lens :-)

Other things to experiment with are leading lines, interesting viewpoints (i.e. up high and down low), shots with something small in foreground real close to camera that 'links' in some way with whats in the background (e.g. ticket stub/flyer - whatever).

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« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2013, 01:57:37 PM »
Thanks a lot for your kind words and the constructive criticism. Thats always a good source of motivation for me. :)


- The white flash looks out of place so gels would make it look more 'natural', as if you weren't using a flash.
- The white flash does really well at separating the subject from the colourful mish-mash of lights and objects that would otherwise distract my eye and 'hide' the subject

After editing the photos i realized that the white flash indeed was to cold to fit the colorful style of these shots so i bumped up the color temperature a bit, that also made the overall colors more vibrant. Next time i will add a light orange gel to the white flash to have a warmer color temperature in the first place.

An off-camera flash placed behind your subject (well, behind as in behind relative to the camera) would also help separate the subject from the rest of the photo, so if you wanted to get away from the bare flash look experiment with that.

Since I have a YN-622c too much for my current 2-flash-setup (they come in pairs) i should consider buying another one of those YN-565s, man i love this flash. I actually like it more than my 430EX II.
I like the idea with the flash right behind the subject, especially if smoke is involved (maybe add color, too) this could lead to some very interesting results. Thanks for that!

Btw it's always interesting to see djs put up a show when basically switching cds and doing some beatmixing :-p

Here in Germany we don't like those David Guetta-esque DJ's, too. But we have a nice and impulsive electronic music scene, especially when it comes to banging techno. And I tell you what, those italian guys that were playing that night rocked the house big time! The crowd was going wild and so did them :D

... and with a 5d2 *snigger* that'll make the "you need a 5d3 to shoot your doorknob in low light" crowd think :-p

I never shot with a camera with more than 9 AF points, lol. But I really like the performance of the center focus point of my 5D, even without the YN-622s assist beam it focuses nicely even in dark club environments.


It's a damn pitty the Canon brand flashes don't support 2nd curtain remote sync - is this 1st or 2nd curtain (using your Yn triggers)?

I was using my YN-622 triggers with 1st curtain sync. I think you can use the 2nd curtain if you disable the wireless features with groups and all this stuff, I even think i used it once. But i have to test that out.

Again, thanks for the great feedback guys!

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« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2013, 02:10:17 PM »
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« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2013, 02:17:59 PM »

It's a damn pitty the Canon brand flashes don't support 2nd curtain remote sync - is this 1st or 2nd curtain (using your Yn triggers)?

And that is my point in all these first and second curtain comments, 99% of the time you can't tell which was used so how important a feature is it really?

I'd love somebody to actually post some images they took that illustrate how first curtain sync ruined their shot.
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« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2013, 02:25:16 PM »
Btw it's always interesting to see djs put up a show when basically switching cds and doing some beatmixing :-p
Here in Germany we don't like those David Guetta-esque DJ's, too.

Hoooray! You're the first one to mistake me for an non-German, ever, after reading my English :-p ... actually I'm also German, Berlin to be specific, so I had a good look at the club scene for the last decade... but before my photography days, so sadly I never came around to try what you did.

And that is my point in all these first and second curtain comments, 99% of the time you can't tell which was used so how important a feature is it really?

I could return the favor by saying that the other part concerning many topics (2nd curtain, auto iso, af, mp, dr, 2nd cf/sd slot) boils down to "If Canon doesn't have it, it can't be useful, and if you miss it you're no good at photography" ... but I don't say that :-), instead ...

I'd love somebody to actually post some images they took that illustrate how first curtain sync ruined their shot.

... I would like to point out that I wasn't talking about "ruined" here, the shots look fine as they are - I was wondering about the difference and as I know the Yn triggers support this somehow I was asking if he used it. This question alone proves that I don't think that there has to be an immense difference.

For his setup, 1st curtain probably is even better because he freezes what he sees when he triggers the shot and the dj was barely moving, but for a dancing club crowd with long-term ambient + flash I'd wager to guess that 2nd curtain would look more natural.
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« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2013, 02:35:53 PM »

It's a damn pitty the Canon brand flashes don't support 2nd curtain remote sync - is this 1st or 2nd curtain (using your Yn triggers)?

And that is my point in all these first and second curtain comments, 99% of the time you can't tell which was used so how important a feature is it really?

I'd love somebody to actually post some images they took that illustrate how first curtain sync ruined their shot.

I actually have some shots that have this kind of shadow a moving object leaves when you drag the shutter with flashes. But for events like that where the DJ is jumping around I want to flash when the DJ "does his moves" and I only can consistently freeze those moments when I use 1st curtain. With 2nd curtain it's hit or miss because the flash goes off a second later than the shutter.

Hoooray! You're the first one to mistake me for an non-German, ever, after reading my English :-p ... actually I'm also German, Berlin to be specific, so I had a good look at the club scene for the last decade... but before my photography days, so sadly I never came around to try what you did.

Well, congrats for getting me to think you're a native speaker. :D I'm from Hessen, 80 kilometers from Frankfurt. The U60 was my go-to club for a long time.

But yeah, pretty much what you said:

For his setup, 1st curtain probably is even better because he freezes what he sees when he triggers the shot
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« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2013, 02:46:06 PM »

I'd love somebody to actually post some images they took that illustrate how first curtain sync ruined their shot.

Please not that I wasn't talking about "ruined" here, the shots look fine as they are - I was wondering about the difference and as I know the Yn triggers support this somehow I was asking if he used it... this question alone proves that I don't think that there has to be an immense difference.

For his setup, 1st curtain probably is even better because he freezes what he sees when he triggers the shot and the dj was barely moving, but for a dancing club crowd with long-term ambient + flash I'd wager to guess that 2nd curtain would look more natural.

You missed my point.
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"And that is my point in all these first and second curtain comments, 99% of the time you can't tell which was used so how important a feature is it really?"

You can't tell with people dancing if first or second curtain was used unless you know which way they were moving, the images look like mirror images, sharp then trail or trail then sharp, it looks the same.

Think of it like this, picture a chorus line doing kicks, if you have first curtain and drag then on the up-kick you get sharp leg with blur above it, to the eye it "looks" like the leg is going down, but it wasn't, do the same on the down-kick and you get a sharp leg and blur below it, again, to the eye it looks like an up-kick. Use second curtain and both situations are reversed, but the images all look very similar, two up-kicks and two down-kicks, without knowing if the shot was taken on the up-kick or down-kick the down-kick in second curtain and up-kick in first curtain are identical.

Obviously, as Knut points out, timing is easier with first curtain and that is probably why it is the default!
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« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2013, 03:00:52 PM »
You can't tell with people dancing if first or second curtain was used unless you know which way they were moving

Um, forwards :-o ? Of course it depends on the dance style, and you are correct in pointing out that for forward-backwards up-down dance movement it'll be the same loot, not so much for people walking about. I know 2nd curtain sync is a setting reserved for special occasions, but after all it did end up in mainstream flash equipment for a reason.

Obviously, as Knut points out, timing is easier with first curtain and that is probably why it is the default!

No, it isn't the default because there cannot be a default if there's only one option like with remote flash :->

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