D200 with dual flash, techniques, tips?
As I was out doing my excercise walk this morning I thought of something that hadn't occurred to me before. I currently own an N80 and an SB800 flash. With the D200, I'll be able to use the SB800 separately and use the built-in flash as a commander.
This is really opening up some ideas with me. I've never done anything with more than one flash, or with a flash not connected to the camera before.
Anyone have any tips they'd like to share? Any techniques, any places to start experimenting?
It'll be quite a nice learning experience to see what can be done using two flashes instead of one. One thought is have the SB800 bounce light off the ceiling while using the onboard flash directly at someone to bring back a touch of the harshness of the direct flash that reveals details, and add a catchlight. Does that actually look good?
I'll have to see if I can rustle up a crappy cheap tripod that I'd never use for the camera itself, and find that little mounting shoe that came with the SB800.
Anyone have any advice?
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#1. "RE: D200 with dual flash, techniques, tips?" | In response to Reply # 0crashmeister Charter MemberFri 11-Nov-05 02:13 AM
Not sure it's two flashes. With the D70 in commander mode, the on-board flash only works as the commander, not as a flash. I have not seen anything to suggest the D200 will be different in this respect.
Now we did do a whole bunch of experiments and were able to get both to fire by setting the SB800 up in SU-4 mode, but the results were a compromise and nowhere near what you can get with two SB800s. I never did shoot anything (other than the experiments) with the SU-4 setup.
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#2. "RE: D200 with dual flash, techniques, tips?" | In response to Reply # 1sduford Basic MemberFri 11-Nov-05 02:20 AM
Yes, from what I have read the built-in flash participates in group A and it can command two other groups (B & C).
You can apply +- EV adjustments on each group. So you could have the SB-800 set to group B and full throttle, while the built-in flash (group A) is throttled back to only provide fill-in.