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D50, 50mm 1.8 prime & SB600 - proper portrait distance?


Los Angeles, US
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Grasshopper Registered since 13th Oct 2003
Tue 15-Nov-05 11:17 PM

I just got my SB600 and attempted to take some indoor portraits of my wife and found the lighting to be extremely harsh. She was in a dimly lit room, with light from a window on the side of her face, and the SB600 TTL flash straight on (and sometimes tilted to 45 degrees). I was using a 50 mm 1.8 lens from a distance of a few feet. Would I be better off shooting from a further distance using my 28-105 nikkor zoom? My impression was that the full force of the SB600 in her face from a distance of 4 or 5 feet was too much. Any thoughts? I assumed the SB600 would note her proximity and adjust the flash output accordingly, but I don't think that happened. She's a stunner, but I managed to highlight every one of the very few wrinkles she has! Help me keep my model from quitting!