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Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash by Joe McNally

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Get in Tight, Go Wide, Shoot Like Crazy

Slip and slide, shake and roll, boogie your two shoes, pierce your flesh with long, sharp blades—uh, no.

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But do become part of the scene. At most events, people want to be photographed. You’re not bothering them, so lose your reticence and hesitation. Don’t be tentative. Get in their space. Trust me, they will let you know if you’ve overstepped.

Get in tight, rack the lens out wide, crank your hot shoe flash up into more of a bounce position, keep the dome diffuser on so it radiates, get a comfortable power rating, and go for it.

Be careful, though. You might get clocked by a pair of flying Christian Louboutins. ...

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