Using the Speedlight SB-400 in a vertical position

Started Feb 23, 2008 | Discussions thread
Bill Creech
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Re: Using the Speedlight SB-400 in a vertical position
In reply to monkeyrpn, Feb 23, 2008

M.K.

I use an Sto-fen Omni-Bounce which creates a diffused bare bulb effect with the SB-400. For verticle shots the Omni-Bounce provides some light up to bounce off the ceiling as well as the side wall. Not a complete solution, but helps.

See Omni-bounce at B&H.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/486456-REG/Sto_Fen_OM_400_OM_400_Omni_Bounce.html

For the best solution you will need to get the flash off the camera with a Nikon Flash Cable to allow bounce off the ceiling. A Nikon SC-28 TTL Off-Camera Shoe Cord or SC-29 is one solution.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/300477-REG/Nikon_4765_SC_28_TTL_Off_Camera_Shoe.html

Plus a camera flash bracket helps hold the flash in a verticle or horizontal position to bounce off the ceiling. I like the Custom Brackets CB Junior Flash Rotating Bracket Kit, with Camera and Flash-Cord Anti-Twist Plates. Not cheap but effective.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/478297-REG/Custom_Brackets_CBJUNIORKIT_CB_Junior_Flash_Rotating.html

Custom Brackets CB Digital-T Flash Rotating Bracket is another option for smaller cameras.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/371039-REG/Custom_Brackets_CBDIGITALT_CB_Digital_T_Flash_Rotating.html

Let us know what you decide to do.

monkeyrpn wrote:

Does anyone have any tips for using the SB-400 in a vertical
position? Is there anyway to redirect the bounce so it goes off the
ceiling and not the wall on the side?

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