A&P Can someone show me how to use the flash?

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  1. Redliner7

    Redliner7 New Member

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    Nikon D70 w/ SB600 & Stofen diffuser.

    I'm getting major light fall off and I'm generally disappointed in my flash photography. Everything looks harsh with major shadows -- I can't get that natural look.

    I've tried bouncing it and directly at them but i'm just not happy with what comes out. Any advice? :o
     
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    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    Cover the flash head with white tissue. It will soften the light a bit. However for the softest results you should bounce it off a large white surface placed near the subject. A 3'x3' piece of foamcore works well. Placement of the light and/or foamcore is also critical. If you place the foamcore behind the camera the light will be quite flat. If you place it to one side of your subjec the light will help to "mold and shape" the subject.
     
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    what jcolman said.
     
  4. projectalpha

    projectalpha 二號 Stunna

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    He mentioned that he had a stofen diffuser. Wouldn't that do the same thing?
     
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    not quite, but stofens work very well indoors.

    make sure you have the flash tilted up 45-60 degrees ish, stofen on.

    stofen helps light faces & catchlight, while the rest of the flash energy bounces.
     
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    I don't know too much about flash photography, but when I throw a flash on my D70 (600, 800, ef-500 sigma), and put it in ettl, I get perfect shots.
     
  7. Post some shots so we can see what you've got going on.
     
  8. Redliner7

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    LOL, I don't know...i guess what I'm looking for are warmer colors...since there was a patio light out...and i kinda want more of the background...? Am I expecting too much?
     
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    Oh I see. I thought shutter speed wasn't important to flash? I was told when I have the flash on, just shoot @ 1/60th...
     
  11. Redliner7

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    Ahh. well, luckily i learned that by Saturday night, b/c those pool hall shots were done at 1/25th of a sec :) I seemed to have gotten a broader coverage and less harshness with my Saturday shots compared to Friday, which were all shot at 1/60 or above.

    Looks like I just need more practice...thx!

    Edit: What's a light sphere? The gary fong tupperware thingy?
     

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