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I just finished re-processing pics from a Christmas party, and discovered some nice pics taken with my 85/1.4. I was working with a single flash, with ABetterBounceCard on it, mounted on a CB Junior bracket.

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It would be fun to compare results and discuss technique, so If you have any 85/1.4 indoor people pics taken with flash, please post them on this thread.
 
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Great shots, Frank. I have the 85/1.4 but have rarely used it. The 28-70 stays on my camera most of the time. I really need to put that lens to work!
 
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The 28-70 is another of my faves, David... my primary event lens. The 85/1.4 gets its turn when I'm not under pressure to collect large numbers of photos, and it usually delights.
 
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Frank:
Great shots! Care to share some secrets? Like - why use f/2.2? What type of flash?
Would love to learn technique...
Thanks
Dave
 
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Very nice. I've been looking forward to trying that BetterBounceCard idea out, but haven't had anyone to pose for me yet. Great results.
 
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Frank:
Great shots! Care to share some secrets? Like - why use f/2.2? What type of flash?

I shot at f/2.2 because I wanted to balance the ambient light and the light from the flash. In other words, I didn't want to end up with brightly lit subjects against black backgrounds. By shooting at f/2.2, 1/60, and iso 640, there was enough ambient light to illuminate the background a little.

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I used the SB800 flash on a CB Jr. bracket.

Hope that helped.
 
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Frank:
Thanks - there's more to flash photography than I thought....
Appreciate the insight.
Dave
 
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Frank,
You've again shown what a lens can do. I never miss your threads because they're so informative. But I don't know the CB Jr. bracket. What is that?
Got any pictures of it? Just curious and probably I should have that in my vocabulary and in my 'war chest' of photo equipment :)
Thanks for another great thread,
Gaye
 
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Your pics remind me of a party I did when I used my new 105 F2DC lens. I just slung it over my shoulder with an SB-800 in the hot shoe and blasted away as a second camera. Nothing fancy in the way of setup but my pics were very similar to yours. The 105 wanted to be at F2.8 or F4 for more consistent results with the AF in the dark room. I got a few red eye which I corrected in Photoshop.
Sometimes. at weddings or at parties, we can get too carried away with our fast primes and, when there are two people in the pic, then one will be out of focus. I like F5.6 or F8 if I really must have the pic with two or more people in it.
 
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Frank,
You've again shown what a lens can do. I never miss your threads because they're so informative. But I don't know the CB Jr. bracket. What is that?
Got any pictures of it? Just curious and probably I should have that in my vocabulary and in my 'war chest' of photo equipment :)
Thanks for another great thread,
Gaye
The CB Jr. is a flash bracket, designed to keep the flash above the camera, and keep it directly over the lens in landscape or portrait mode. It helps reduce shadows being cast by the flash. Here's what it looks like in use.

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Brackets are cumbersome contraptions, and the only time I use mine is when I'm working an indoor event, like a wedding reception.
 
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The 105 wanted to be at F2.8 or F4 for more consistent results with the AF in the dark room.
That's a little confusing, William. Other than dof, the wider aperture has no implications as far as focusing is concerned. The camera always focuses through the wide open lens, no matter what f/stop you select.

Sometimes. at weddings or at parties, we can get too carried away with our fast primes and, when there are two people in the pic, then one will be out of focus. I like F5.6 or F8 if I really must have the pic with two or more people in it.
I agree, and mostly use wide aperture settings for one-person pics. If I stretch it to two people, I try to remember to keep both of their noses in the same plane. For example, I took this shot at 85mm f/2.2.

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Can I come to the next Christmas party!!!???
Great idea. They weren't enough guys, and these wallflowers were disappointed.

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