Low-key photography & a Speedlight
I'm interested in taking some low-key shots of my kids, but haven't been able to get the lighting setup correct. I think I'm going about it the wrong way by using a single SB-800. Does a speedlight throw out too much light for this type of photography?
Thanks in advance for the insights & assistance!
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gkaiseril Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005Tue 07-Jul-09 04:42 PM | edited Tue 07-Jul-09 05:03 PM by gkaiseril
You can set the flash power level of the SB-800 in many ways, there are any number of light modifiers that can be attached to the SB-800, and one can manually set the 'Zoom' for the flash head.
You can use the Flash Value (FV) for minor adjustments in flash level or manually set the power level from 1/1 to 1/128 on the SB-800 either attached to the camera or as a remote slave.
There are filters, diffuser domes, cell diffusers, barn doors, snoots that can be attached to the SB-800. Then there is the built-in bounce card with the SB-800.
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#2. "RE: Low-key photography & a Speedlight" | In response to Reply # 0
Kadmos Nikonian since 19th Mar 2006Wed 08-Jul-09 01:14 PM
I am also a newbie to really understanding flash photography - largely for portraits of my grand kids. I am using D300 and SB600 flash. Amongst other things that haveworked for me - and is pretty cheap - is to buy a Gary Fong Lightsphere. Lighting quality has improved immensely. I have just bought a basic studio lighting system so I'm sure I'll be on this forum asking for a lot of help in near future. Be warned!