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mythrenegade Basic MemberThu 13-Dec-01 06:23 AM
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"Remote Flash Question"


Oak Hills, US
          

I did some pictures with my SB50 as a remote flash, trying to learn how to make this work. I set the camera on manual to disable the pre-flashes, and set the flash within the 28mm coverage of the builtin flash on the N80, but outside of my visible area on my picture.

I took several shots, all with the self timer, of me and my family sitting on a couch with me reading to my kids. The problem is the pictures came out looking like we are sitting on the couch, and a nuclear blast is taking place just off camera, providing a significant amount of light on our faces and such

What did I do wrong? This is not quite the effect I was looking for...

Joel

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photobri Basic MemberThu 13-Dec-01 10:27 AM
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#1. "RE: Remote Flash Question"
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Phoenix, US
          

What were your Manual settings?
What was your film?
How far from the subject (your family) was the camera and the flash?



Brian


Brian


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Fine Art Wedding Photojournalism


  

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mythrenegade Basic MemberThu 13-Dec-01 04:08 PM
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#2. "RE: Remote Flash Question"
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Oak Hills, US
          

Manual settings were 1/125 and f3.5, lens set at about 35mm. The flash was fairly close, say about three feet from my wife and about six feet from me. It had to be this close to be within the coverage area of the 28mm builtin flash.

Film was Fuji Reala.

Joel

PS - The flash beeped afterwards to indicate that it had fired at full power and there wasn't enough light. Obviously this wasn't the case...

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meerkat Basic MemberThu 13-Dec-01 11:36 PM
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#3. "RE: Remote Flash Question"
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silly-can valley, US
          

watch for:

1. you fail to describe the most important setting,
the slaved flash is set to manual mode or auto mode,
it has to be auto mode, as otherwise (manual mode),
sb-50 can only output at full power, if so, the distance
of speedlite to subject has to be calculated.

Setting to auto slave mode enable you use TTL flash.


2. if your speedlite is somewhat sideway, your family
members are sitting with substantial difference to
thw speedlite, then it is hard for speedlite properly
lit all of them

3. make sure your exposre mode and area are rational,
say if you not aware you set to spot metering, may be
the spot area is properly lit but your true subject
suffer, or if you use center meter, and the center
is somewhere other your family member.

4. What is the camera reading without flash, say, in A
mode, camera S reading is 1/250, now you pop up
the flash, to compromise sync speed, the camera
auto set S=1/125 if not 1/60, the camera will
over expose (even if the flash fail to fire).
watch for the "HI" warning in viewfinder.

Oh boy, I wrote all day emails at work, going to stop blah.


Meerkat

  

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mythrenegade Basic MemberFri 14-Dec-01 02:05 AM
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#4. "RE: Remote Flash Question"
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Oak Hills, US
          

The ambient light was too low to meter properly (and irrelevant with the flash unless I wanted slow sync, which with a 3 year old in the picture is a definate (how do you spell that word?) no-no), so I simply set the exposure manually

It is possible that I accidentally set it (the flash) to manual mode and not auto mode. The difference is a very small "M" verses a very small "A" and I didn't double check this prior to shooting.

I'll have to try the same shot again and see what happens. I hope you are right and this was my mistake!

Thanks for the help everyone!

Joel

Nikonian in the High Desert of Southern California.

The Manzanar Project: http://www.renewingmind.com/photography/manzanar/manzanar.html

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