A Flash Question.

Started Mar 27, 2006 | Discussions thread
samjstern Veteran Member • Posts: 6,930

I never turn down a beautiful girl.

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D70 and SB-600 Shooting Settings

Common notes:
1. I Shoot in JPEG

2. This is for the D70 body and SB-600, settings may be different with the built in flash
3. Purchase a Stofen Omnibounce, model OM-600
4. Outdoors keep flash head straight at subject.
5. Indoors I rotate the head up 1 click

Try these settings. I find them very accurate, easy to use, and give repeatable excellent quality exposures and white balance.


Scenario A. OUTDOORS with fill flash:
1. Matrix metering on camera
2. Aperture mode. Try to set about a 6.3.
Make sure shutter speed is 1/400 or slower.
If it goes above 1/400 close aperture a bit.
3. ISO beginning at 200 or 250. 320 if darker day
4. SB-600 on TTL BL. Exposure comp at 0 to begin with
(see note below) 
5. White balance : Flash , 0 comp (No, I’m not crazy)


Scenario B. INDOORS with flash
1. Change metering to spot on D70.
2. (This also changes the SB-600 to regular TTL automatically)
2. Manual metering on camera. I use 1/80 second at f6.3
or f 8.

3. (Don’t use too large an aperture. You want to nail focus during dancing and such.)
4. SB-600 Exposure comp at 0 to begin with (see note below).
5. White balance: Flash, +1 comp (very accurate white balance, try it)

The SB-600 is adjusting its flash output by light reflecting back at the camera.
 With neutral subjects (clothing) leave flash exposure comp at 0.
 Brighter subject (bride) adjust up + 1/3 or + 2/3.

 Darker subject (couple wearing black for example) adjust down – 1/3 or – 2/3

You don’t want to overexpose with a flash shot. Learn to evaluate what the subjects are wearing and adjust up or down. If you learn this “zone” system of flash comp you can always get a very well exposed shot, very good consistency from picture to picture.

 Picture of just wedding cake + 2/3
 Picture of just bride + 2/3
 Picture if bride and brides maids wearing light colour dresses, + 1/3
 Picture of groom (dark suit) alone, - 1/3
 Picture groom and his guys in black tuxes, - 2/3
 Picture of bride and mom (wearing dark dress) “0”
 Picture of bride and mom (wearing light dress) + 1/3 to + 2/3

 Picture of bride and groom cutting white cake + 2/3 with white table cloth
 Picture of dancing couple wearing black - 2/3

Sam Stern


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