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Flash Guide - The Teddy Bears Test

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Keywords: flash, speedlights, sb_28, su_4, studio, lighting, filter, guides, tips, nikon, f100, film


The Nikon®  flash system is a wonderful tool. Notwithstanding, new users seem disconcerted with the names, descriptions and instructions to use it, not to mention how to use it well. Most feel a visual demonstration is imperative, so here it is.

All tests were performed with a Nikon F100 camera on a sturdy tripod with a pro ballhead, SB-28 speedlights, AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8D ED Zoom Nikkor with 81A filter from 8.8 feet (2.7 meters) at 70mm focal length, shot on Fujichrome Provia 100F Professional (RDPIII).

Slides were digitized on a Nikon Coolscan IV ED scanner, without any alteration to color, curves or anything else, except for a slight unsharp mask performed equally on all enlargements.

The teddy bears, preferred subject for this kind of tests due to their non reflective "fur", borrowed from my grandchildren, at their play room.

First conclusion: the bears and the chair scream for thorough spring cleaning.

Teddy Bear Test continued ... Interiors 101

Comparative use of bracket, hot shoe, flash head tilting, white card and diffuser.

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