D50, 50mm 1.8 prime & SB600 - proper portrait distance?
I just got my SB600 and attempted to take some indoor portraits of my wife and found the lighting to be extremely harsh. She was in a dimly lit room, with light from a window on the side of her face, and the SB600 TTL flash straight on (and sometimes tilted to 45 degrees). I was using a 50 mm 1.8 lens from a distance of a few feet. Would I be better off shooting from a further distance using my 28-105 nikkor zoom? My impression was that the full force of the SB600 in her face from a distance of 4 or 5 feet was too much. Any thoughts? I assumed the SB600 would note her proximity and adjust the flash output accordingly, but I don't think that happened. She's a stunner, but I managed to highlight every one of the very few wrinkles she has! Help me keep my model from quitting!
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edmun Registered since 16th Sep 2003Wed 16-Nov-05 12:00 AM
Wrinkles are softened by using a larger light source. Try bouncing of a large white card or wall or ceiling.
Small flash heads are just harsh.
Shooting farther away will make the relative size of the flash smaller and may make the shadows harsher.
You might try putting some black lace over the lens as this will soften the wrinkles. Tiffen has black softnets or you can make your own.
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Shred Registered since 28th Oct 2005Wed 16-Nov-05 02:55 PM
Do you have Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8 or Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8 D
If the camera has no distance information flash calculations can go wrong.
Direct flash is far too harsh for close up potraits,
bounce the flash from the ceiling and a some kind of diffuser wouldn't hurt.
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