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Old Nov 6, 2009, 2:03 PM   #11
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Excellent post, JohnG-

You covered a lot of very important points to consider.

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Old Nov 6, 2009, 9:36 PM   #12
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Hi Sarah,
I am getting better results with helps from this forum and others.
Colour white balance is my main problem. After using 5500K, 1/125 second settings. TTL flash mode and 75 degree tilt flash head, the image is much better now for front bounce photo.
I will try the sides and back bounce next.
Thank you very much!
Joe
Flash color temperature can vary somewhat, so it is a good idea to experiment. Many flash lenses have a bit of a yellow cast, which gives a fairly good daylight color balance. Others don't, though the flash temp may be a little lower. In a couple cases, I have found that using manual WB set to 'cloudy' or around 6500K provides slightly warmer and more pleasing skin tones when using flash.

When bouncing the flash, keep in mind that the color and lightness of what you are reflecting it off is going to have a major effect on the results. A white ceiling is a good, neutral reflector/diffuser, but a colored wall or wallpaper will give you a color cast.

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Old Nov 7, 2009, 11:37 AM   #13
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Yours is an excellent point, Brian-

I recently came up against a light green ceiling that raised havoc with the first few shots. Then, I pulled out my Color Right filter and set a manual WB and had it color corrected. Just be careful and analyze those first few shots to check the WB.

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Old Nov 9, 2009, 11:32 AM   #14
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Great points made by all in this post. I find on the Sony A200 and A700 that the flash works in emergency situations but its always better to use a hot shoe or external flash for stronger and more consistent light. Also watch your battery level as some flashes really eat up your batteries and as the batteries die the amount of time the flash recharge takes gets longer and longer and you get less output from the flash.

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Here is a photo I took of my son with my Nikon D5000 and SB 600 flash. I had adjusted the app so the background of my messy kitchen is blurred gently. I bounced the flash off the ceiling. I am no expert, but I think it came out rather good. No white area on the photo, eyes look good....and no touch up was done on any software program.
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Old Nov 18, 2009, 9:31 AM   #16
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That is a nice shot, Blueberry-

Everything looks right on the money. As you probably know Nikon has one of the most sophisticated flash systems available.

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Using built in flash on a camera will drain the camera battery very fast. Not to mention that built in flash is weak and inferior.
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