>Thank you so much Russ. I must admit you open insights that >could have troubled me if I hadn't tried and fooled with flash >as much. What I'm trying to do is hone the result. I realize >that on camera flash is flat so the results will only go so >far. The need is to roam single handedly with the flash in >one hand and the camera in the other is a goal. I want to get >good at this because I find that I take a lot of these types >of photographs. The night brings out a complex quality in >people which is fun to capture. >I was wishy washy about Auto vs. TTL vs. TTL-BL and now I >realize that at least TTL will be there in these (night) >situations (on camera). Outside in daylight really never >worries me because I can ballpark/guess the fill pretty well. >In fact daytime I would use a cheaper flash that doesn't even >have TTL but forsakes these for simple setting of fractions of >full power. > >Migs
I kept the flash on-camera for almost all of my work when I was shooting weddings. The trick is to prevent the direct light from the flash from blasting the subject's face.
One way to get great flash shots with the flash on-camera is to turn the flash around and let it light your subject from the reflected energy in the entire room. In the night club situation, I would increase ISO, reduce shutter speed, and open up the aperture to allow lots of ambient to help out. I have gotten some really good night club shots using this technique.
In a smaller room, turning the flash around backwards will make outstanding portraits with really soft light.