Why do people use flashes at concerts?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by The Dave©, Aug 19, 2003.

  1. The Dave©

    The Dave© Guest

    Another thread brought this to mind, and made me wonder. Why do so
    many people use flashes at concerts and sporting events and the like?
    Seems to me it's basically ignorance on the part of the user. They do
    a great job on the bald guy's head in front of you, but do absolutely
    zero for the action that is too far away to be affected by the flash.
    The Dave©, Aug 19, 2003
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  2. The Dave©

    Matt Clara Guest

    Ignorance it is. I was at the Badlands last week photographing a yellow
    valley area when a truck whipped off the road throwing up loads of dust. I
    looked over to see what was going on in time to see the passenger with what
    looked like a kodak box camera snap a picture of the same scene I was
    shooting (only from fifty yards away and presumably encompassing me in the
    picture). His flash went off.
    Made me laugh.
    Matt Clara, Aug 19, 2003
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  3. Many of those flashes are attached to point and shoots that automatically
    trigger the flash under low light situations, so the "photographer" has no
    choice in the matter.
    Skip Middleton, Aug 20, 2003
  4. The Dave©

    The Dave© Guest

    Really? I would've never thought of that. It does add an atmosphere
    of excitement. I always assumed it was always people with cameras. I
    guess sometimes it's some of both.
    The Dave©, Aug 20, 2003
  5. Yep, or they haven't figured out how to turn it off!!
    I suspect the original poster knew the answer to this question before he

    Chris Barnard, Aug 20, 2003
  6. After seeing his subsequent posts, I'm inclined to agree...
    Skip Middleton, Aug 20, 2003
  7. The Dave©

    Duncan Ross Guest

    From: "Matt Clara"
    Pros do this at times too... there was a report on the evening news a few
    nights ago and bunch of photographers were crowded around a government minister
    out doors in the street firing flashes. One was clearly attempting to use
    bounce flash.
    Duncan Ross, Aug 20, 2003
  8. You can bounce them off the lower strato-cumulus if you've got a guide
    number of about 15,000 at ASA 100..........
    William Graham, Aug 20, 2003
  9. The Dave©

    T P Guest

    It's mostly people with point and shoot cameras where the
    flash comes on automatically when there's not much light.

    Don't be too hard on them; on many P+S cameras the flash
    cannot be turned off.
    T P, Aug 20, 2003
  10. Same reason they try to take photos of Naraga Falls at night (when they
    have the colored lights on them) with a flash. ;)
    Joseph Meehan, Aug 20, 2003
  11. Q: What do I set my camera on to take a flash picture of the moon?
    A: Infinity.

    (I heard that one around 1965 or so.)

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
    David J. Littleboy, Aug 20, 2003
  12. The Dave©

    Duncan Ross Guest

    From: "William Graham"
    I knew there had to be a good use for nuclear weapons... ;^D
    Duncan Ross, Aug 20, 2003
  13. Might not have been so silly if you had heard it in 1969

    Tony Parkinson, Aug 20, 2003
  14. The Dave©

    Nick C Guest

    Depending upon how close the pro was to the subject, being very close is
    when it's advantages to use the flash at a 45 degree angle and bounce the
    flash off an attached card or other device that may be on the flash to get
    bounced light.

    Nick C, Aug 20, 2003
  15. The Dave©

    Alan Browne Guest

    It's not as bad as all that. The "sync" speed on flash of most P&S
    cameras is relatively long. So, even if the flash light itself is of no
    use, at least the shutter is open longer. People do, on occasion, turn
    in photos that are 'okay' at concerts with P&S cameras.

    Alan Browne, Aug 20, 2003
  16. The Dave©

    Alan Browne Guest

    Be careful with that one. The SB-28, for example, has a little white
    card that sticks out as a bouncer. Many press photogs tape a white card
    to the flash for the same effect...

    (Indoors, at press conferences, the ceilings are rarely white and you
    will see flashes pointed up too .... but the little white card is there
    for the bounce)

    Alan Browne, Aug 20, 2003
  17. The Dave©

    Nick C Guest

    I sometimes use the Sto-fen Omni-Bounce out doors at a 45 degree angle or
    straight on. Nothing new here. With your experience Alan, you've probably
    done the same.

    Nick C, Aug 21, 2003
  18. The Dave©

    Matt Clara Guest

    That's generous of you, Tony. The fact that they can't shut off the flash
    doesn't preclude their ignorance. Why bother take the shot if you know your
    equipment can't pull it off?
    Matt Clara, Aug 21, 2003
  19. The Dave©

    Patrick L. Guest

    For precisely the same reason motorcyclists rev their engines.

    Patrick L.
    Patrick L., Aug 21, 2003
  20. The Dave©

    Film Shooter Guest

    Film Shooter, Aug 21, 2003
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