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  1. #2541
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    Quote Originally Posted by Classic96 View Post
    Appreciate the input. I am trying to find a light stand with umbrella to use with my SB-800. Right now I am just using the tripod mount that came with the flash. But do you know of any that are specially made for flash use and can have umbrellas or soft boxes installed?
    For under $200 you can make a sweet light setup with your SB800. Check out this link. Not only does it give you the parts to make your light rig, but teaches you the technique as well

    http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html

  2. #2542
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    Eric,
    Thanks for the feedback. I used manual focus to get the lower left flower in focus. Camera was also on a tripod but the head I have isn't that great and I wasn't using a remote button so there probably was some shake. I had my SB-800 set up below the flowers shooting straight up with the diffuser cap on.

    Settings were as follows:
    Optimize Image: More Vivid
    Tone: High
    Sharpness: High
    Color, Hue: Mode 3a, 0
    Saturation: Enhanced

    I guess the lesson is that small settings like sharpening/more vivid have an exponential effect on closeup pictures. I'm going to change those settings, turn down the flash and reshoot. I'll upload the results
    Quote Originally Posted by erichlund View Post
    Urf,

    I see you've discovered that Nikon sometimes has an "issue" with red. What sharpening did you use on this photo? Sadly, not all shots are keepers.

    Basically, that +1 Flash EV was enough to completely blow the red channel, and once that happens, the actual color you get for reds won't be very accurate. Under these circumstances, the "more vivid" setting will only exacerbate the situation.

    If you are using Nikon software on the image, you might turn on the focus point to see what you were actually focusing on. It looks like the bud at the top of the photo is in focus. If you had the focus point centered, you're main flowers in the photo would not have been in focus. You have the same 11point AF that I have in the D200, so you should set your focus point on the point you want critical focus. That's much better than using the center focus point with focus lock and then recomposing, because recomposing rotates the focus point, perhaps giving you something you did not expect. This is especially true if taking the shot hand held.

    Some of the softness could also be from a hand held shot with 195mm focal length and 1/100 second, and no VR/IS/OS. The flash would take care of some of that, but you could still be experiencing some motion blur due to hand shake.
    Urfslam

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  3. #2543
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    thank you Esoterra
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  4. #2544
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    Out and about when I decided to take a pic...

    D200 / 70-200 VR / Handheld / No Flash
    Aperture Priority / 1/40s at F/2.8 / ISO 1600

    Canon G10 - Nikon D3 - Sony P&S - Flickr Account - Non-updated Website

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    Camera: Nikon D50
    Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
    Aperture: f/11
    Focal Length: 48 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    18-55 kit lens

  6. #2546
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    Looks like there were plenty of photo opprtunities to be had
    at the Gardens. Nice shots, the waterfall shot ss was just slow
    enough to show the motion of thw water and the boy too. Nice.
    - Rich

    Nikon: D50, 18-70mm, 50mm, 70-200vr
    Kenko: 12mm, 20mm, 36mm Ext Tubes
    Manfrotto: 486RC2
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    My Flickr Photos Here

  7. #2547
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    my small brother with army uniform
    1/250 sec - F/5.6
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  8. #2548
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    Quote Originally Posted by rawpaw18 View Post
    K
    Nice shots, the waterfall shot ss was just slow
    enough to show the motion of thw water and the boy too. Nice.
    That was the intention but I had about 1/100 sec to get it and I'm not 100% happy with the result.
    Thanks for the comment.
    The Chinese Gardens in Sydney are an amazing place. I've stayed in Hotels overlooking them at least half a dozen times and never had the opportunity to visit before now.

  9. #2549
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    Nikon 50mm f/1.4D
    SB-900 AF Speedlight
    Nikon SU-800 Speedlight Commander
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  10. #2550
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    Quote Originally Posted by Esoterra View Post
    I shot a few other photos using the same technique, but I think the first one I posted turned out the best.
    Chris, I loved #19/20 in this set! (although the technique you mentioned isn't used, of course) It's one of my favorite desert shots.
    Nikon D50, Nikkor 18-55mm, Nikkor 50mm 1.8, Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro, Tokina 12-24
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