Nikon D5000 and SB-600 flash, why do my photos come out so over exposed?

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Nikon D5000 and SB-600 flash, why do my photos come out so over exposed?
3 months ago

I am not a complete novice but close. I have a Nikon D5000 and SB-600 flash and at times my photos come out way over exposed. I am shooting in "Auto" mode on camera and i-TTL-BL Flash Mode. Here is an example:

35mm f/1.8G lens. f/4, 1/60s , SB-600 in i-TTL-Bl mode.

The same photo taken w/ built in flash comes out well, but I often want to use SB-600 when I have a large group I want to capture at a 15 feet or so and need to understand why SB-600 over exposes.

f/2.8, 35mm f/1.8G lens 1./60s iTTL-BL  mode on built in flash

Also, my SB-600 when used with the 18-55 kit lens  overpowers the scene any time I use the zoom, example:

f/5  on VR 18-55mm lens used at 35mm zoom, 1/60s, SB-600 in i-TTL-BL mode.

I have spent $200 on the SB-600, but i need to learn how to use it properly. When not overexposed I get great shots in general out of my D5000.

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