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Slave Flash, how to effectively use them?
Old 12-20-2009, 08:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
I'm still a beginner at photography and recently bought a 45w Slave Flash from the photographic shop. The shop owner told me that for a beginner this will be sufficient.

I've tried using it at home with an umbrella but the results on the subject's face is very harsh. Am I using the right product? or rather, how does one effectively make use of 45w Slave Flash? I understand that there are more expensive ones for professional use but right now that all I could afford.

This is the photo of a 45w Slave Flash that I have -> http://www.smick.co.uk/sonline/flash.../prod_319.html

Please guide me as to how I can effecitvely make use of this flash? Any tips and hints would be much appriciated. Cheers and Merry Christmas to all in advance!
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Re: Slave Flash, how to effectively use them?
Old 12-20-2009, 10:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Without seeing any of your photo samples, I might guess that you simply need a better way to diffuse the light, such as a soft box.
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Re: Slave Flash, how to effectively use them?
Old 12-20-2009, 11:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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so this means that 45w slave flash is an adequate product to use for photography, even though it may not be the best in the market and its all matter of how i defuse it? is 45w too low?
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so this means that 45w slave flash is an adequate product to use for photography, even though it may not be the best in the market and its all matter of how i defuse it? is 45w too low?
Not having ever used one of these lights, I couldn't say how well they work for the type of photography you are using it for. The power is certainly very low which might require you to use a higher ISO setting on your camera and the widest f/stop setting on your lens to get more use of the low light. The diffusion is what would control how well to eliminate the hard light and shadows with any lights. If a 7 inch relector were used on an expensive strobe it would produce a hard light and shadow on the subject.
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Maybe post an image and even the way you have it set up. Otherwise, everything is just guessing.
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The flash is plenty adaquate for home use. In fact, I started out in much the same way ... using my old speedlights on lightstands with umbrellas. My question is ... what type of umbrella are you using? If you're bouncing that light into a silver umbrella, that's probably why it looks harsh.
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i'll try yo upload some of the test shoots with the slave flash.

Well I was using a silver bouce umbrella but Ill try it on white umbrella and see what the results are like.

I didn't know if the slave flash that I got is in fact the right tool. but now that you have confirmed it that its adequate that confirms it and now all I need to do is to experiment and eventually get it right.
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Could your light source be too far away from the subject as well?
The closer you get, the softer the light!
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