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Old Nov 28, 2004, 5:07 PM   #1
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I took the photo below using a D70 with mounted SB800. I put the diffusion cap on top of the flash and pointed the bulb nearly straight up at a fairly low hanging white ceiling. I was surprised to still see strong shadowing behind the subjects. I had a bit more success when the subjects moved further away from the backdrop; however, I am wondering if my error was either placing the subjects too close to the wall or selecting an environment with a low hanging ceiling. Would the picture have been better if the ceiling was higher or should I never ever place subjects that close to the backdrop no matter what type of ceiling I'm bouncing the flash off of?

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Old Nov 29, 2004, 3:24 PM   #2
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Move the subject farther away from the wall.

In addition to your flash, you can try using two soft lights on either side (45 degree angle away from the subject) to add some dimensionality to you're lighting.

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