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BillS52 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Apr 2011Sat 24-Nov-12 06:50 PM
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I'm trying to learn flash techniques.
Thanks everyone for your help in previous posts.

This is my first try, putting all your suggestions together.

The below photo was taken in my kitchen. D7000 on manual as Flash Commander with the IR cover over the onboard flash. I had a SB700 at camera-left with a diffusion umbrella (white translucent). The flash was set to manual, and reduced power via the D7000 commander settings.

I'm trying to reduce the background to black, or almost black, while getting good exposure on the subject. I think a snoot would work better.

I'm not there yet, but I was pleased with this first try. My daughter was very patient




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JBS101 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Apr 2009Sat 24-Nov-12 08:02 PM
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Bill,

I quite like this shot. My only suggestion would be to put a little more light onto her hair so as to separate the subject from the background. You could achieve that by either raising the height of the flash or using a hair light.

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gbowen Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Mar 2011Sat 24-Nov-12 08:53 PM
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Awesome first attempt! You are on the right track. I agree about the hair light. Great skin tone and posing. Keep up the good work!

George

  

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BillS52 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Apr 2011Sat 24-Nov-12 10:25 PM
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Thanks.

The learning curve was high for me.
First serious attempt at Manual Camera as well as Manual Flash.

I agree about the flash height; it could have been higher.

Also, I may have tried using the onboard flah to fill on her hair.

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Nitehawk5169 Gold Member Nikonian since 22nd Feb 2010Sun 25-Nov-12 06:28 PM
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Bill,

I like your first attempt at flash photography. It looks very natural and your WB looks good. I think an easy way to accomplish what you want is to use a black backdrop and the previously suggested hair light. If you have time you can download from iTunes the free podcasts from Lastolite called Lastolite School of Photography. It is supporting Lastolite but they show you how to accomplish indoor and outdoor portrait photography. It will help you to improve your skills to then figure what you need to accomplish your goals.

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