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by DMBrodie / June 16, 2007 5:45 PM PDT

I shoot virtual tours and still photos for Realtors with a Casio Exilim EX-P600 and available light. I'm tired of using photoshop to cut in windows. I would like to buy an SLR for $1000-2000, easy to use, that supports three external flash units, to match the indoor scene to the outdoor scene, to include the exterior view through the windows, instead of a nuclear white blare. Also, what lens would you suggest, to get as much of a room as possible, without noticeable distortion? The Nikon D40?

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I would say a Canon Rebel XTi with a Canon TS-E 24mm
by Kiddpeat / June 16, 2007 11:10 PM PDT

lense. The TS-E lenses are tilt-shift lenses which will allow you to correct for optical distortions. I would have said the Canon 30D, but the Rebel will help keep it within your $2,000 ceiling. Unfortunately, three flashes with remote control will boost the price beyond the $2,000 mark.

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the Rebel
by DMBrodie / June 18, 2007 3:52 AM PDT

Thank-you for your advice...I'm reading good things about this camera. The tilt shift lens is intriguing. I'm unable to confrim the three external flash units, but if so, its a go so far...

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The XTi should be able to easily control 3 flashes as long
by Kiddpeat / June 18, 2007 1:57 PM PDT
In reply to: the Rebel

it can see them. I use three 580EX flashes with an ST-E2 controller, and it works fine. The 580EX can also function as either a master or slave. That means you don't need a separate controller if one of the flashes is mounted on the camera.

The Canon remote flash system uses IR light, so the units must be able to see each other.

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Tricks
by stevefotos / June 17, 2007 7:54 AM PDT

I shot houses for lifestyle magazines and have developed a simple technique that easily solves yuor problem.

Get a D40 or similar camera and invest in an accesory flash, bounce card and a hot shoe cable.

To shoot set flash to f/8 or f/11 @ 100 ISO and the camera to f/8 or f/11 in the A (aperture preferred mode) Attach the bounce card and holding the flash at arm's length take a frame and check the windows in the picture.

If the windows are burnt out set the exposure mode to manual f/8 or f/11 and try frames at 1/60, 1/25 and 1/250 second. One of these will produce the image you are looking for. As you use this method you'll get closer to the correct exposure the first time out.

PS A tripod is recommended.

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It sounds like you are saying that flash exposure can be
by Kiddpeat / June 17, 2007 10:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Tricks

controlled by shutter speed. Is that what you are suggesting?

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No
by stevefotos / June 18, 2007 12:20 AM PDT

The shutter speed -as long as its slower than the falsh sync speed (usually 1/250 or slower) doesn't affectthe flash but does control how the very bright windows are expsoed. You are making three exposures in an interior shot. The first is of the existing light.. The second the flash and the third the outdoors.

As you change the shutter speed the flash exposure remains the same. The ambient light fills the shadows and the window light is reduced as the shutter gets faster.

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Exposure Adjustments
by DMBrodie / June 18, 2007 3:54 AM PDT
In reply to: Tricks

My Exilim flash would not make much difference, but I'll try this with my newer camera soon. THX!

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