Miami Product Photographer
18
MAY
2009

More SB-600 remote flash (CLS) samples

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Instead of bouncing the flash off the ceiling for a very soft, even and wide flash bounce, what you can do also is to utilize the SB-600/SB-800’s manual zoom function to create a “Snoot” effect (along with a wide angle lens), which creates a spotlight that would make your subject stand out.  This is great for that moody effect you want to achieve with your subject.

Note in the example above, the flash is mounted off camera on a stand (or you can just handhold the flash,) thus creating a cast shadow at an angle.

18
MAY
2009

Stars

I made two exposures of the sky in my front yard, one for 30 min, and one for 100 min.

General rule for long time exposure is to set your iso at lowest possible settings, with an aperture of f8 or smaller. A neutral density filter would help darken the exposure even further for extremely long exposures.  A mechanical film camera is the best for this kind of application.  If you have to use a digital camera, you must make sure the camera’s sensor noise is within controlable level so it does not interference with your final image.  It is always a good practice to turn the camera’s noise control function on to reduce electron noise caused by the sensor.  Also, most digital camera’s batteries will not last longer than 2-3 hours on bulb setting.  Shoot in raw, so it will be easier for you later to reduce/enhance the exposure and control the color cast.

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