Having problems with your Canon EOS Rebel XSi Digital Camera ?

Harsh shadows we are trying to take pictures for a friend's small wedding - at the rehearsal today we practiced picture taking with both a Canon Rebel XSI (using both the regular lense and adding a telephoto lense) and a Canon PowerShot S5-IS. The problem is that we are getting a lot of pictures that have a 'hard' shadow on the people in them. It doesn't appear to be a regular shadow because it doesn't 'land' on the different surfaces behind them, but is more like a shadow attached to them. Any


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It's your flash.  If you diffuse the light from your flash, you will reduce this problem, but not eliminate it entirely.  You can diffuse it by putting some moist (so it sticks, and also to make it translucent) thin paper across the flash.  I always use cigarette paper because I smoke and always have some to hand; but a single-ply of toilet tissue would do just as well.  Or some translucent (white) plastic.  The idea is to transmit most of the light from your flash, but to bounce it around, so it's not all coming from the same direction.\012

Or you can buy a proper external flash with a diffuser- that would work too.

All the multiple flashguns and silver umbrellas that portrait photographers have are to combat this exact problem.  Depends how annoyed it makes you and how much you want to spend to cure the problem.
To avoid harsh shadows moveaway from the bright light,or move object/people close to the backdrop that will reduce the strong shadows.
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