Sunday, July 06, 2014

Cosmic Bowling & Off Camera Flash

Panasonic DMC-TZ5. ISO 1600, ƒ/3.3, 1/30
This was a photo I took with a point and shoot Panasonic DMC-TZ5. I love the camera and it had a great Zeiss lens. ISO was limiting up to about 1600.

This is the type of photo most people will get at the bowling alley during cosmic bowling without a flash.

Nikon D3, 14-24mm, ISO 200, ƒ/2.8, 1/4 with off camera flash
I shot this of my daughter bowling a few years ago with the Nikon 14-24mm lens at 14mm. So I am pretty close and the flash is really close to being straight on to her face or about 45º to my left. I panned and the shutter was dragging.

The camera was set on Aperture priority and the flash was set to slow-sync to pick up on all the ambient light. The panning action created the streaks you see across the image.

Nikon D3, 14-24mm, ISO 1250, ƒ/4, 1/15 with off camera flash
Now because the flash is so close to the subject and being controlled by TTL [Through The Lens] metering it shuts off and is just winking a light. The camera shutter remains open picking up the available light in the background so it doesn't go black.

Nikon D3, 14-24mm, ISO 1250, ƒ/2.8, 1/15 with off camera flash
The cool thing about using Slow Sync on the flash is I am capturing the atmosphere of the room and the flash is putting light on the subjects face.  Just look at that first photo here and you will be reminded they would be silhouetted without the flash.

My suggestion is to go and try this with your friends. Go to a Cosmic Bowling Night and have some fun. I can tell you will enjoy the images for years to come.

More off-camera flash posts:

Apr 05, 2014
I prefer off-camera flash any day to the pop up flash on any camera. I have written many articles on it here on the blog. Just put in the phrase "off-camera" in the search field I have on the blog and you will see many posts ...
Jul 05, 2013
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Jul 14, 2014
This can often blow out the background. The solution is to add a flash, but I didn't want an on camera flash for a few reasons. Having it on the camera and shooting through the glass would just give me a be glare. I put the flash ...

Jul 09, 2014
Without the flashes the cows would have been somewhat silhouetted and by adding the off camera flash I was able to keep the color temperature on them daylight and then also keep them bright enough to keep the rich colors ...
Apr 14, 2012
By combining off-camera flash and having people moving I get two great results; great expressions and good color. The very first thing I started with on the assignment was a group photo, but the best results as far as ...
Feb 25, 2013
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Apr 10, 2012
When I first wrote about doing off camera flash I realized I need to come back to this and highlight some points. ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture and +/- There are a few things that will affect you getting a proper exposure. Let's set ...

May 21, 2011
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Jul 06, 2012
You can trigger the off camera flash many different ways. I often use the Nikon SU-800 which uses infrared to trigger the off camera flash. I chose to use the PocketWizard Mini TT1 on the camera with the AC3 which lets me ...
Jul 05, 2012
I also used my Gitzo carbon fiber tripod to keep the camera rock steady so I could shoot these at dusk. This way everyone's eyes were open and not squinting on the beach. To trigger the flashes I had the PocketWizard Mini ...