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Flash... saviour of the universe?!

Hi dll932! i wonder whether you can help... you will have to forgive me if my question is a little basic but i am covering a charity event tomorrow in a very dark restaurant... dark decor, low lighting, candles, 44 people & a celebrity! this will be the first time i have used the canon speedlite 580ex with my 5d and boy am i going to need it! the trick is going to be retaining the ambient light and showing up the lavish decor in the place while still capturing the action and folks enjoying themselves! i just wondered if you have any top tips for getting the best out of flash and camera please?!

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