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prostie1200
06-03-06, 11:11
Hi
I have used a SB600 flash unit on my D70 set up for a while now but only for macro and shots in my study where I have had reasonably good results bouncing off the White ceiling and white cards etc. On Saturday I attended a wedding and took my kit along. This was the first time I have done any what I refer to as in your face photography. The reception was in a castle and the ceilings were high, very high and painted, no good for a bounce.
After following the official photographer around for a while, I decided branch out on my own and to do a theme on Wedding Hats. I had a lot of fun, and here are three, the ladies were most willing to pose, but I have to learn how to avoid the shadows cast by the flash in these circumstances, any tips please

jimtfoto
06-03-06, 18:49
Were you using direct flash? ... I believe a diffuser would help cut down on some of the shadows ... bounce flash would also work, if the ceilings aren't too high.

cheers,
jim

prostie1200
06-03-06, 19:33
Hi Jim
Did use the disuser shield which you pull over the flash face in the hope the TTL would do the job, but no luck. AS for the ceilings - have attatched a couple of pics to show you how high they were.

Cheers
Brian

jimtfoto
06-03-06, 19:39
Wow ... those are incredible ceilings ... I use Canon equipment and have never been a big fan of the built-in shield on my flash. I use an Omnibounce diffuser now and then, but other photos swear by different diffusers. I'm sure if you do a search through this forum you'll come up with a couple of different ones.
Good luck,
cheers,
jim

Canis Vulpes
06-03-06, 19:52
Difficult to get bounce off those ceilings. Stofen produce a diffuser for the SB-600, part number OM-600. I have one and it does soften the light quite nicely. I would have been experimented pointing the flash vertical (bulb mode?) with OM-600 to give the best diffused light available from a portable source.

If I could refer to the thread 'Flash - Daunting or Fun' for lots of tips, advise and practical applications for flash photography.

I think by diffuser shield you are referring to the wide angle adapter, this will just widen the light source for a 14mm lens field of view.

Check out the photo below to see what the OM-600 does to SB-600 output.

prostie1200
06-03-06, 20:00
Thanks Stephen

Have just this minute ordered a White Stophen Omni from 7 Day Shop - more experimenting. Fun isnt it.

Cheers
Brian

Canis Vulpes
06-03-06, 20:05
Thanks Stephen

Have just this minute ordered a White Stophen Omni from 7 Day Shop - more experimenting. Fun isnt it.

Cheers
Brian

The best thing about OM-600 is with it fitted on SB-600, they still fit in the SS-600 case!

prostie1200
06-03-06, 22:37
Difficult to get bounce of those ceilings. Stofen produce a diffuser for the SB-600, part number OM-600. I have one and it does soften then light quite nicely. I would have experimented pointing the flash vertical (bulb mode?) with OM-600 to give the best diffused light available from a portable source.

If I could refer to the thread 'Flash - Daunting or Fun' for lots of tips, advise and practical applications for flash photography.

I think by diffuser shield you are referring to the wide angle adapter, this will just widen the light source for a 14mm lens field of view.

Check out the photo below to see what the OM-600 does to SB-600 output.


See what you mean - no hot spots or burn out at all.

Do you use an extender attatchment for fill when useing long lenses?

Canis Vulpes
06-03-06, 22:50
Do you use an extender attachment for fill when using long lenses?

I don't quite understand. I use 50mm f1.8 for indoor shots and portraits, its fast, small and simple in design so lightweight. I think the GN of my best flash will only allow for 100mm whereas SB-600 is good for 85mm.

prostie1200
06-03-06, 22:57
Sorry didnt make it clear in my last post.
I realy should have have said for outside photography, when use say 70-200 or a 300mm.

Canis Vulpes
06-03-06, 23:03
Sorry, I have no experience of outdoor flash photography. I think for weddings a 28 or 35mm lens for group shots would be par for the course.