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Offline Prakash1177

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1st Birthday Party....
« on: January 23, 2012, 02:45:14 PM »
Hi All

I got my son’s 1st Birthday coming up. I would like to take some family shots at home and take some group shots at the Birthday Party. In the past whenever I have taken group shots indoor at parties faces are not clear. Could this be because I don’t have a flash gun. I got about £ 200 in my budget for any flash gun, flash accessories etc. Not sure whether I need any particular lens for group snaps.
My kit includes the following

Alpha 580
18-55 Kit Lens
50 mm F1.8

Any advice on the above would be appreciated…

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Re: 1st Birthday Party....
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2012, 05:00:48 PM »
Hi Prakash1177

You said, "faces are not clear." Can you please explain? Are they dark or out of focus? Or? 

One of the Sony flashes (which I do not have) will be a vast improvement over the 580's pop-up flash...more powerful and allowing you to use bounce flash (if the ceiling is white) or a flash diffuser...here.  

The HVLF43AM (or an updated model) should be within your budget...or close.

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Re: 1st Birthday Party....
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2012, 11:40:14 AM »
I am thinking about getting one of these for a second gun

http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-nissin-di866-professional-flashgun-sony-fit/p1525753





at around £200 it seems a great buy, claimed to be the most powerful gun you can buy for us at this price

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Re: 1st Birthday Party....
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Re: 1st Birthday Party....
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2012, 03:40:28 PM »
Prakash

Some lenses and cameras do not focus well in low light...that might explain the lack of focus on the faces. 

The first link was to a studio setup with is not too practical for candid shots...unless you want to take portraits.

I can't speak for the actual flash unit. Some "non Sony" flashes are better than others. I purchased a less-expensive one and it is not very good.

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Re: 1st Birthday Party....
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2012, 09:46:35 PM »
Sorry, I can not help you with the flash you have pointed out. Like Clive said some of the "non Sony" flashes are okay, some not so good. It is always good if you can test the flash.

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Re: 1st Birthday Party....
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2012, 10:15:08 PM »
If the faces are blurry then my guess is that they are not all within your depth of field.
let's assume that you have your 50mm F1.8 mounted and have F4 selected.
To get a group in I am guessing 10 feet away- then your depth of field is about 2 feet- 1 foot in front and 1 foot behind your point of focus.
At F8 it is nearly 4 feet.
Have a look at dofmaster (link below) and use the alpha 550 (580 not listed but the result will be the same).
Have a play varying the parameters in dofmaster to get a feel for what changing your settings will do.

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