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Old July 17th, 2006, 08:05 AM   #1
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Need camera flash sound effect.

At a recent wedding we taped, the photographer forgot there was a movie being produced and stood and lingered in front of the B&G during every key moment. The photo studio has agreed to send us the stills from those moments so I can try to edit them into the movie.

I'm trying to find a quality sound effect for a photo flash. I hope I can describe this but I'm looking for that classic bulb pop rather than camera click. I'd be glad to buy the effect if someone can point me in the right direction.

Thanks for any help.
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Old July 17th, 2006, 08:11 AM   #2
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Try www.sounddogs.com and search for "Flash Bulb".
There are several to choose from.
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Old July 17th, 2006, 12:22 PM   #3
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what your lookin for is "camera shutter" sound effect.. there are heaps if u search google, or some consumer cams throw ths sound effect in when u take a still on tape..
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Old July 17th, 2006, 12:37 PM   #4
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what your lookin for is "camera shutter" sound effect.. there are heaps if u search google, or some consumer cams throw ths sound effect in when u take a still on tape..
In fact, my Pana 953 will do that on a still shot to tape. The item is menu settable for on or off.

However, there is a slight 'pop' sound at the discharge of the strobe flash and the ensuing ramp of a high frequency tone as the strobe recharges. Perhaps this is what he is looking for.


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Old July 17th, 2006, 12:46 PM   #5
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Bob,

Email me at dmstudio@verizon.net and I will email a couple sound royalty free for you to use.

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Old July 17th, 2006, 01:00 PM   #6
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I'm looking for that classic bulb pop rather than camera click
For those that may not remember, flash bulbs used to be a one-shot affair.

The glass of the bulbs would shatter when fired, and so they were coated with plastic. The result was a soft "pop" sound, followed by crackling as the glass continued to crack while the it and the plastic cooled and contracted.

Seems like this is the sound he was asking for.
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Old July 17th, 2006, 01:05 PM   #7
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For those that may not remember, flash bulbs used to be a one-shot affair.

The glass of the bulbs would shatter when fired, and so they were coated with plastic. The result was a soft "pop" sound, followed by crackling as the glass continued to crack while the it and the plastic cooled and contracted.

Seems like this is the sound he was asking for.
Yes Nick, I do remember. In fact, we have an old brownie camera laying around somewhere. And then my Dad had an instamatic in the 60's that had the 'flash cube' that gave you 4 flashes. The camera would automatically rotate the cube to the next position....ahhhh the memories.

There is also the sound effect that is commonly used in movies for the 'news photographer' type stuff. I believe that's the muffled sound you are referring to.

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Old July 17th, 2006, 01:38 PM   #8
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heh heh ... yeah ... even the four flash spinning bulb was an upgrade!

Of course, even the single shot electric bulbs were an upgrade over igniting flash powder. :D
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Old July 17th, 2006, 01:53 PM   #9
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heh heh ... yeah ... even the four flash spinning bulb was an upgrade!

Of course, even the single shot electric bulbs were an upgrade over igniting flash powder. :D
Hehe...flash bulbs, the ultimate definition of how much fine wire can you stuff in a glass enclosure and get it to burn up instantaneously. ;-)

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Old July 18th, 2006, 03:32 AM   #10
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Oh god.. the instamatic.. lol

i know what u mean now about the actual flash bulb... more of a "Shoom" sound..

I remember burning my forehead when i was about 8... my mum had a brownie which took the wierd looking film spool cartridges (i cant remember what the buggers are caled now!!)
Hey I didnt know any better!!
Needless to say, I had the camera faciung the wrong way and using the 4 shot rotating flash cubes... not a good look the next day at school..

oh does anyone remember those looong 10 shot strips? Oh god i feel so old now...
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Old July 18th, 2006, 08:40 AM   #11
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Oh god.. the instamatic.. lol

i know what u mean now about the actual flash bulb... more of a "Shoom" sound..

I remember burning my forehead when i was about 8... my mum had a brownie which took the wierd looking film spool cartridges (i cant remember what the buggers are caled now!!)
Hey I didnt know any better!!
Needless to say, I had the camera faciung the wrong way and using the 4 shot rotating flash cubes... not a good look the next day at school..

oh does anyone remember those looong 10 shot strips? Oh god i feel so old now...
Yes Peter, I remember the 10 shot strips. They were after the 4 shot cube IIRC. And the film cartridge you refer to was 135 Instamatic film. My father shot many rolls of that stuff to be developed into slides. Which takes us to our next piece of trivia, the slide projector. I remember corporate presentations in the late 70's early 80's that used racks of slide projectors all aimed at the same place. By turning one on while the previous one was shutting off, you got a nice cross dissolve.

But I digress. I emailed Bob yesterday and he responded to say he was looking for the 'shoosh' sound that you described, commonly heard in film and episodic television.


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Old July 18th, 2006, 03:25 PM   #12
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Strobe Sound Effect

Bob,

If you can not find one I could set up one of my monolites and record the sound from it.
Email me if you need it.

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Old July 19th, 2006, 07:50 AM   #13
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If you can not find one I could set up one of my monolites and record the sound from it.
Email me if you need it.
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Thanks Bill. Don't think I can find the exact sound that's in my head. I bought something close to the sound I want from SoundDogs and tinkered with it in Audition to get something close. I'l l just go with that for now.
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Old July 19th, 2006, 08:52 AM   #14
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Yes Peter, I remember the 10 shot strips. They were after the 4 shot cube IIRC. And the film cartridge you refer to was 135 Instamatic film. My father shot many rolls of that stuff to be developed into slides. Which takes us to our next piece of trivia, the slide projector. I remember corporate presentations in the late 70's early 80's that used racks of slide projectors all aimed at the same place. By turning one on while the previous one was shutting off, you got a nice cross dissolve.

But I digress. I emailed Bob yesterday and he responded to say he was looking for the 'shoosh' sound that you described, commonly heard in film and episodic television.


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Ahhh, yes. The castaway tools of the professional arts....
Let us not forget ditto machines (nothing today feels as cool or smells as sweet as a fresh ditto .... mmmm ) and carbon paper!
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Old July 19th, 2006, 12:47 PM   #15
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Ahhh, yes. The castaway tools of the professional arts....
Let us not forget ditto machines (nothing today feels as cool or smells as sweet as a fresh ditto .... mmmm ) and carbon paper!
Are you referring to the infamous mimeograph machines of my early school years? Funny you mention 'smells as fresh' cause there is a scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High where the teacher hands out the tests and the whole classroom sniffs their test sheets almost simultaneously. Of course, they were just looking for a cheap buzz from the fumes.

Back on track...

Bob, did you ever find the sound you were searching for?

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