Old 01-04-2008, 03:26 AM   #1
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Question Flashes and reflective stripes

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I've been testing a few setups using multiple flashes on railway equipment and had lots of trouble with those reflective stripes along the locomotives and cars. They reflect like hell in the pictures. Any advice on how to avoid this would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-04-2008, 03:31 AM   #2
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I wish I could give you some advice but I don't really use flashes. I think this is going to be a tuff thing to counter though, maybe some type of diffuser?
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First off, I'm not an expert. I may occasionally play one on the forum.

That said, I think reflections from such striping are strongest when the light source is in the same plane as the camera (or eye.) Try moving your flashes away from the camera lens so that light bounces at an angle off the subject.
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:29 PM   #4
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They reflect like hell in the pictures.
Yes they do!



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Old 01-06-2008, 01:29 AM   #5
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I have photographed the same subjects with flash on camera and off camera. The reflactive tape is a problem only with the flash on camera. The tape seems to reflect only 180 degrees.
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Old 01-07-2008, 01:48 AM   #6
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The tape is retro-reflective, it bounces back light to the source (good if you have a train in your car headlights, bad if you have on-camera flash).
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That's an awesome pic, Jim! How'd you take it?
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That's an awesome pic, Jim! How'd you take it?
Parked train. Tripod set up on side of road. Flash.
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Three simple steps! I might give it a go!
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