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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; Iâ€™m just capturing what is happening on the sidelines so to speak.
Whatâ€™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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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!
Have fun at the party! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]