Originally Posted by DonSchap
I'm going to try it, by the way, how do you take this picture without a background? Did you take this picture?
It's kinda of what I do ...
Of course, I took the image ... LOL
That's what I don't get paid for.
Basically, if you look at the images I presented earlier, you will see the curved backboard I use. I simply set the subject camera on a tripod ... mounted about two feet away ... vary the frame with zoom and location to allow the camera to stretch from edge to edge of the back board, pop the external flash on top of the α100 ... using a diffused ceiling-bounce technique to eliminate the shadow at full-power and viola!
I then used Photoshop to chop out the tripod mount and the extra camera strap and touched it up with a smear or two.
Here's the original AUTO Mode test (concept) shot with pop-up flash (you can see that the shadow is not getting it done):
Then the final lighting adjustment in manual mode with SONY hot shoe external flash HVL-F56AM (ceiling bounce to entirely eliminate direct shadow and soften exposure):
You saw the crop and touch-up.
α700 w/ TAMRON AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 LD
Taken with α100 w/ TAMRON 17-50mm f/2.8
EXIF: 50mm - f/8 - 1/60 sec - ISO-800 - EXT Flash - Manual
I probably should have gone to f/11 or 16 to improve the DOF, but I was happy with this rather "natural look" for what we were doing. I would have preferred to have some lovely looking model hold it, too, but I'm fresh out that, this week.
Last edited by DonSchap; 02-17-2008 at 11:13 AM.
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Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.
You dont really need a superfast lens to shoot NBA games. Ive done about 8 NBA games in different stadiums and they are so well lit that my 55-200mm f/4-5.6 was able to take in enough light even at f/5.6 with a shutter around 1/320 and iso1600. Oh course faster glass would be preferred but for those price tags its not a must have.
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thanks Don for a nice tutorial.
thanks to your reply r3g.