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    Event Lighting

    I am photographing a conference next week and want to improve or kick up my lighting. Usually I would hit the presenters at a smallish panel session with on camera flash either bounced or using a Demb flash card. I am now thinking I want to quickly put a remote (nice new 600EX-RT) on a high stand, then move to the center or other side of the room and use some on-camera fill. Time will be crucial and I donít want to fiddle with a modifier on the pole light, but I am worried it will be too harsh. I have a HONL traveller16 Softbox, but it is a pain to put on quickly. Thoughts?

    Larry

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    Without any background info on the room your conference is taking place, it's hard to give specific advice. One thing to keep in mind is that even though you have a remote flash mounted on a light stand, that doesn't mean you have to point it at your subject. You can aim it at a corner of the room so that it bounces back as a larger light source; no need to set up a time consuming modifier Then you can use an on camera flash and bounce it for additional fill light to take away some contrast.

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    Thanks all. Unfortunately , I cannot get a look at the rooms in time to adjust my equipment. I am assuming the standard hotel meeting room with a spot on the head table and florescent lighting. I had planned to get the pole light as close as possible, and bouncing it is something I didn't think of. That will make white balance a nightmare, but I will play in Lightroom.

    Larry

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    If the walls aren't white, then a bounce umbrella would do the trick. Additional equipment to carry, but easy to set up. If you're worried about white balance with ambient light, I gotta make like Dr. Scholl's and ask, Are you gellin'? Using gels is one of the easiest ways to reduce post processing time, if you aren't already doing it.

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    Yup, "I'm gelling." I will just have to experiment quickly. Thanks.

    Larry

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