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No, the D3100, as an entry-level camera does not have a sync connector. You typically have to go up to the prosumer-level cameras to have a PC (Prontor-Compur) port on a camera for off-camera flash sync. All you need to create a sync connection, however, is a hotshoe adapter. When purchasing, you will want to be certain whether it's an adapter that can be ...


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It can be hard to pick up, but the shadows on the wall behind the backdrop in a couple of shots should be telling you that there is a light immediately behind the subject. There is one picture with the subject over a large puddle or pool of water, and that one's the giveaway: if you look at the reflection, you can see that there is a small light stand in ...


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1) You need contrast. An interesting metalic surface photo is all about reflections. A well defined light, (like a softbox) is very important. If you don't have a softbox simply use a roll of vegetal paper. Also some well defined black zones. You can do this by putting some black cardboard rectangles here and there to make some more interesting black ...


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I don't personally find the amount of soft shadow in your example picture to be distracting or otherwise detrimental, but that's up to you. One thing to keep in mind with photographing small shiny objects is that methods you might use to soften the lighting for other purposes may have the undesired side effect of washing away the specular highlight "glints" ...


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My suggestion is to use manual focus, manual shutter and aperture. Use the remote control software part of the package that came with the camera to compose the image on your monitoR and not the back of the camera. Also use the shutter release from the computer and not the camera as it is inevitable that you will create camera shake. Use the smallest ...


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It's all in stops (EV). Remember that a stop is a halving or doubling of the light. So, the manual power settings on a flash are a full stop scale (1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, etc.). Look at the aperture setting you want to use in the camera. Look at the reading the meter gives you. Whatever the difference is between those two settings? That's how much of an ...


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It's not impossible, just unnecessarily difficult. We're not shooting slide film in 8x10 view cameras anymore; we live in a digital world. Getting the glitter, or at least one part of the glitter at a time, is relatively easy with a small light source. Getting the overall picture of the product is pretty easy as well, as these things go. If you're on a ...


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This is basically the exact opposite of the traditional white-background portrait, as described at How can I get a pure white background in studio photography?, or a modification of What do I need to get photos with a unifom black background? Once you understand those, this is relatively easy. Raphael explains one possible model, but I think it's actually ...


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I'd first set my exposure for the background. Next, I'd set up the flash off camera and close to the subject for over exposure. The important part is the flash is flagged or snooted so you can direct the light to fall on the subject without affecting the background. Having the background or anything that can reflect light back a good distance away from the ...


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In just my opinion: 1) The ambient looks like it is very dark; the clouds looks blurry. 2) Overexpose the flash probably 2 steps. If you can not overexpose more than 2 steps you would need an external one. 3) Shoot the persons and they need to move fast from the place after the flash. 4) I think the ambient is very low light because you can't see trails ...


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You can use a set of Yongnuo YN-622C triggers to maintain most E-TTL functionality when your 430EX is off camera. Each YN-622C unit is able to act as either a transmitter or a receiver. I prefer to use the YN-622C-TX on camera as it has an LCD that makes setup and changing settings much easier. The YN-622C-TX is a transmitter only. You would then need only ...


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If you want remote power control of the 430EX, you could use TTL-capable radio triggers (e.g., RadioPopper PX, PocketWizard TTL, Yongnuo YN-622C, Pixel Kings, Phottix Odins), but these might have only limited control over the 430EX, since some of them use the camera menu flash control signals to communicate settings to the flash. For example, with YN-622 ...


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I hope this question gets a lot of answers because it is a complex situation. My two cents are: 1) The obvious. Have a very fast lens, and I mean a very fast lens. 2) Use the bigger ISO your camera can give you. Probably one ISO less than the maximum. It is somehow easier to remove noise than a moved photo. 3) Shoot in raw. You probably can underexpose 1 ...


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Are there any effective alternatives to the traditional lighting? Set your standard lighting up as an isolated studio in a corner of the hall, or in another room nearby. You will need a "wrangler" to go out into the crowd and gather up suitable pairings, groups, etc. and bring them to you. Ideally, you want two of them, one from each family, since they ...



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