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Working with external flash

Gotham

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Gotham Registered since 23rd Aug 2009
Sun 23-Aug-09 02:04 PM

Hi all!

I'm somewhat of a beginner in photography.
I have a problem with getting the flashes to work as I want.

I photograph jewelry (mostly silver) at home, with the following accessories available:
* Nikon D300
* Tamron Macro (1:1) AF 90mm 1:2.8
* Two Elinchrom D-Lite 4 flashes with softboxes
* A white lightcube 1x1 meters

Could someone PLEASE guide me through the camera settings?
I'm not sure where to begin but I'm guessing that the camera settings are screwed up. I have taken about 200 exposures in different setups fiddeling with flash positions, F- and ISO-settings but the results are not satisfying.
And I have a feeling that some settings aren't triggering the flashes correctly.

When I import the pictures to Photoshop I've found that adjusting levels (not changing anything in the RAW-tool) is the best way to get the right result but I'm not sure that I'm on the right track.

My goal is to have as little post-processing in photoshop as possible.

My experiences so far:
The only way for me to get good exposures on silver is to bee close up (about 30 cm) and under-expose but that leaves me with much work in Photoshop.

My current settings:
Flash Sync Speed: 1/320
Flash shutter speed: 1/60
Flash cntrl for built-in flash: Manual Full
Auto bracketing set: AE+Flash
Auto bracketing (Mode M): Flash/Speed

Camera mode: Manual


Kind regards
Richard

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