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June 23, 2008

I finally picked up an external flash for the D80 over the weekend…and wow, what a difference!

In my experience, even the best built-in flashes have always been crap. There’s just only so much any flash can do from that direct, head-on angle. Yes, they illuminate subjects in low light situations, but the effect is always harsh, and tends to give whatever you shoot a flat, two-dimensional look.

External flashes correct this by giving you the freedom to throw light outside the direct line of sight. You can rotate and tilt the flash head to bounce light off ceilings and walls for a much softer, more natural effect. Or, depending on the flash, you can even use it remotely, and set it up to fire from the side, or even behind the subject, for all kinds of dramatic purposes.

I haven’t had all that much time to play with the SB-600 yet, but here are a few examples.

Bounce flash off the ceiling:

Remote fire, bounce flash off a wall behind and to the left:

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 23, 2008 5:35 pm

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  2. jmcdoog permalink
    June 24, 2008 4:18 pm

    Wow, those look great! How much did it run? I am always having trouble getting good shots when I use the built in flash. The lighting just always comes out messed up.

  3. June 24, 2008 8:15 pm

    Wow – Looks great! How much do they run? I am also having a hard time with the built in flash – my pictures look either washed out or with “odd” lighting, I guess it doesn’t help when you flash someone in the eyes!

  4. lostinsuburbia permalink
    August 15, 2008 7:00 am

    It’s been forever….I know. I come back and find the sprog has spawned and has the most charismatic smile eva! Well done and congrats. Also noted, you have twitter? Must go add you.


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