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Old 12-19-2005, 11:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My niece has asked me to photograph the guests at her wedding, approximately 200 guests. She hired a photographer for the entire day; I’m just capturing what is happening on the sidelines so to speak.
What’s a good flash bracket to use on a Canon Eos1ds, with 550EX flash I plan on shooting equal amounts horizontal and vertical. Also what do you recommend for flash diffusion, is the Sto-fen omni bounce any good?
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Old 12-19-2005, 03:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm using the SroboFrame ProT, and not having any problems. I picked up a small plate for the bottom of the camera to prevent twisting (but I can't remember what it was). A diffuser is important (assuming the ceilings are too high for bounce. Also, try not to shoot in a dark area as it is harder to autofocus and people eyes are dilated. You'll also need an off shoe cord.
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Old 12-19-2005, 03:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I use a lightsphere, with no bracket. I like it, but it only works for fairly close shots, as it eats up a TON of power (even using a 580EX). Search google for "lightsphere" and you'll find it. It works quite well for reception shots, etc. It's so big that people will ask questions about it.
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Old 12-19-2005, 04:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My niece has asked me to photograph the guests at her wedding, approximately 200 guests. She hired a photographer for the entire day; I’m just capturing what is happening on the sidelines so to speak.
What’s a good flash bracket to use on a Canon Eos1ds, with 550EX flash I plan on shooting equal amounts horizontal and vertical. Also what do you recommend for flash diffusion, is the Sto-fen omni bounce any good?
Ken

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Good questions..

I shoot events all the time..weddings, parties, luncheons, fashion shows, etc..

This is the bracket that I use..It's a Stroboframe "Quick flip"...that runs about 50 bucks at the local camera store....might be less from B&H..(mine was slightly modified to allow the Quantum Q-Flash's TTL modual,...plus since then, I have torn off the foam rubber hand grip to comfortably fit the 1Dmk2 so I can easily focus with the back button..although the EOS 1n with E1 booster is about the same size as the 1Ds..








I took those a while ago to show how the overhead flash works better here because the flash is on the same plane as the film plane...unlike those kinds where the camera turns but not the flash..

Those omni-bounce covers....well,...for vertical, they are pretty good.. but for horizontal shots, I prefer to use the diffuser flipped open,...but I have a pretty good understanding on what output I am getting, and I suspect you really don't,...so,.... you may just want to use those omni-bounce covers..instead of ****ing around while missing shots..

My suggestion though,... (I'm not nearly as familiar with my new 1Dmk2 bodies as I am with the 20D bodies I sold).....I'd test out the flash with those pretty well before going into a situation, especially with E-TTL..or even E-TTL2... because all meters read the same way,...and every flash system I have ever used, including Nikon's,...they can all be fooled. The Canon's "Elan" class digital cameras like the D30, 10D, & 20D were all fooled an awful lot...which is why I looked at the scenes like looking at the "zone system"..(with fewer zones).. if I had to shoot a wedding dress in ETTL,..I'd over expose the flash output by +2 stops..and it would nail it every time..If I had to shoot a guy in a black tux., I'd underexpose by -1.5 stops..and I'd nail it almost all the time unless their bright white shirt under was showing flat towards the film plane...then I would only compensate by -.5 ...and usually I got it right..

Best thing is full manual if you have the time to select your output & watch your distance.. Yep!

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Old 12-19-2005, 04:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I made my own bracket,..I wanted to be able to fold it up and carry it in my camera bag.

I used the Sto-Fen Omni Bounce with these shots, but 420ex was mounted on camera swivled up and to the right side of camera, didn't use my bracket. Window light from camera left,.. flash supplied fill and highlights in eyes.



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Old 12-19-2005, 09:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for posting the pictures. I've had that bracket for a few months and realized from looking at your set-up that I had it backwards. It sure works better your way.
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I use the CB Jr. bracket with my EOS 1D Mark II, and the Cannon flash with Sto-Fen for all of my weddings.
I like the bracket because of the adjustable arm that mounts the flash. It allows me to get my entire hand around the grip.
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Thanks for posting the pictures. I've had that bracket for a few months and realized from looking at your set-up that I had it backwards. It sure works better your way.

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Thanks for the advice. I decided to go with Custom Bracket QRS-35H; it appears to have the least interference with vertical controls on the camera. I also picked up a Canon 24-70L 2.8 lens, now if I can just get the exposure right I should be able to get some pretty good shots.

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