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  1. #1
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    SB-700 Diffuser???

    Hi Guys,
    Last weekend I took some pics at a 40th wedding anniversary - not proffesionally of course, but just doing my bit because I am friends with the couple.

    Anyways, not having used a flash before (all my stuff is outdoors) I was surprised just how powerful the flash is. Indoors at a low level ceiling say 10 feet high the flash lit up everything in the pics. Not that I'm complaining, but it would have been better if the flash had calmed down a bit.

    Used on regular TTL it turned indoors into outdoors and I was wondering if anyone had some ideas into diffusing it down so as to give me a tad softer light.
    I aimed the flash high with the regular diffuser attachment that came with it but it still could of used lowering a bit more.
    I wouldn't say the pics were over exposed, just that everything as well as who I was taking the pics of, were as if it was daylight.

    Gentler is the word I'm looking for but I guess you know what I mean...

    Any advice guys?


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  2. #2
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    Best regards,

    Glenn
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  3. #3
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    Re: SB-700 Diffuser???

    what was your camera setting when you used the flash?

    for a flash diffuser, i would suggest the Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible LSU
    " Shoot first, ask questions later"
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgw815/show

  4. #4
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    Re: SB-700 Diffuser???

    Turn down the power of your flash. It's in the manual. Shoot 1.4, 1/2, 3/4 and full power. And it all depends on the situation you're shooting and the available natural light you're working with. Try this web site for more insight to using a flash: Strobist: Welcome to Strobist.
    Jack

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  5. #5
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    Re: SB-700 Diffuser???

    I just used it on normal TTL not manual. Actually Gary Fong mentions in one of his lessons on the Lightsphere to leave the camera in TTL and not bother with any manual settings.

    I was just impressed with the flash power and being green have not tinkered with the flash in manual mode.

  6. #6
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    Re: SB-700 Diffuser???

    Ok Guys I must be doing something wrong here.
    I put the flash off camera on a light stand and through a 2 foot by 2 foot softbox. I set the camera to commander mode -- to use the pop up flash to trigger the off camera flash.
    I then set the power of the flash to 1/128 in that same menu.

    I'm using matrix and on manual mode M on camera.

    It still seems to bright to me. I didn't upload the photo to computer, just looked at it on the camera's lcd.

    Do I need to diffuse it even more? Like putting a sheet over the softbox? This flash is one powerful beast.
    You have to remember that I am a non flash user, so I'm easily impressed. But I am looking for a softer light.

    By the way, the room was lit by a small table lamp, a fairly large room, but it does have white walls if that has something to do with it.

  7. #7
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    Re: SB-700 Diffuser???

    what is your F stop? Shutter speed?
    when you trigger the off cam flash via CLS, did you cut off the output of the pop-up flash?
    If not, then it is the pop up flash that is lighting your subject, not the off cam flash
    " Shoot first, ask questions later"
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgw815/show

  8. #8
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    Re: SB-700 Diffuser???

    Sorry how do you mean?
    In commander mode when you set the pop up to -- its supposed to not affect the picture, just command the off camera flash to trigger.

  9. #9
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    Re: SB-700 Diffuser???

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveW View Post
    In commander mode when you set the pop up to -- its supposed to not affect the picture, .
    Correct. It should not affect the output
    " Shoot first, ask questions later"
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgw815/show

  10. #10
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    Re: SB-700 Diffuser???

    Post the sample picture with exif data. I think you might have your EV on the plus side.
    Best regards,

    Glenn
    Flickr
    My website





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