I read a little more of the Strobist blog this morning. When playing afterwards, I was having problems using the slave mode on my flash – I really wanted to sort out what I had messed up as using the cable for TTL is a real pain, yet it was the only way I could get the flash syncing correctly. Why do they make them with spring-loaded curly cables?
I realised what I had done on the camera menu that had caused the issue and so went playing. I asked Jnr Jnr to be the model this time (although she only did it on the proviso that she could take some pictures of me – I think she’s getting keen!) and used the white, translucent inner of my reflector to try to diffuse the light a little. It did to some extent (it created an interesting catchlight pattern in her eyes) and I am pleased with the look.
I read that classic “anyone who says they are a purist and only shoots with natural light is just admitting they can’t use a flash”. I disagree a little, I think that they are just different tools and just how artists use different mediums to express themselves then perhaps photographers have similar preferences. Is there similar rivalry/snobbery between artists? Not sure.
What do you think?
I for one am enjoying my flash play right now, but can seem me limiting it to only a few, certain situations. Has to be at the right time, place and subject. When I get more confident I may stretch it a little to be more creative.