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Our Most Asked Questions
Which ABBC should I get?
I get asked this question all the time. The answer depends on some of the priorities the
photographer has on his/her mind. If the most important thing is to be as "unseen" as
possible, being stealth and moving around to get candid shots un-noticed, the ABBC 3.0
SMALL is your diffuser. If you can stay within its limits it works awesome! What are the limits?
The ABBC SMALL is great in a home type environment. This doesn't mean you have to use it
at the house only though. An eatery or an environment that would mimic a home environment
is what you are looking for.
The ABBC 3.0 LARGE is the most popular size of all of the diffusers. it gives out a LOT of soft
light and it balances between being too small and being too big. it is a great place to start.
If you are going to shoot in a "bat cave" type of environment - meaning very little light is
available and very little (if any) bouncing is available, the the ABBC 3.0 EXTRA-LARGE is your
answer. I use the EXTRA-LARGE outdoors at night or in huge high ceiling type places.
If you have a hard time choosing, look at the Coupons and Special Deal page (link at the top)
to see some of my package deals including the one I recommend the most.
Why are my pictures dark?
The answer will make you laugh - it is because there isn't enough light :)
Really though, the camera has a meter built into it and so does the flash. It (the camera) will
do whatever it can within the restrictions placed on it to get the right exposure. if there simply
isn't enough light, the picture will be dark. What you can do to help is the following: raise your
ISO to start. Using a flash diffuser will "eat up" some of the light from the flash unit. it is just
the nature of the beast. You have to help by letting the camera get enough light. Raising the
ISO is one way. Using a faster lens, like an F/2.8 or F/1.8 lens instead of an F/3.5 to 5.6 lens
will let a LOT more light into the camera. Most of the pictures I see that turn out dark simply
have not let enough light into the camera to do a good picture. By raising the F stop and
getting a faster lens or two you put everything into your favor.
The other reason pictures can be dark is something in the picture fooled the metering system.
When i shoot wedding I automatically know the bride's white dress is going to tell the camera
it has enough light way before it really does. if there is something really bright in the frame,
the camera will think it is satisfied when it is not. You have to over-ride the camera by adding
exposure compensation (yes, you have to read the manual to learn how to do it- lol) to about
a plus 1.
Do I really have to put the ABBC flash diffuser on the narrow side of the flash?
I get that question a lot. it actually feels un-natural and the instinct is to mount the ABBC 3.0
flash diffuser on the wide side of the flash. Nope - don't do it :)
I have done lots of tests and it doesn't matter. by using the narrow side of your flash unit you
gain the instant ability to turn the camera to portrait or landscape in a heartbeat without any
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