Thursday, April 8, 2010

New Stuff!

I am excited to announce that I have finally invested in the SB-6oo flash unit! This flash is so cool, and allows for a lot more flexibility in flash photography. With 3 lights, I can now improve my lighting techniques!

The SB-600 is a powerful flash with great features. For now, lets just stick with the basics.

Ok ok, lets stick with my favorite feature!

While the SB-600 can be mounted on your Nikon camera, it can also be used wirelessly, like a strobe.
You simply use the built in flash to command the SB-600 wirelessly.
Put it on a stand with a soft box or umbrella, and you have the perfect little strobe for your studio! Many photographers like these so well, that they recommend purchasing 2 or 3 of these for a professional studio setup.
Of course, I'd love to do that in the future, but if you look at the price on Amazon, you'll know why I haven't done that yet :-P Of course, I did get a really good deal on a brand new one on Ebay from a really nice seller who lives in Michigan, but that's beside the point!

And now for some results. Now that I have 3 lights instead of just 2, I can get much more creative with my lighting. These 2 pictures are just the beginning, but of course, I've only had the flash for a couple of days, so give me some time please!

I used my continuous lights, one above, and one to the left side. Since I don't yet have a third light stand, I held my flash in one hand, and with the other I held a white sheet of paper in front of it for diffusion. I positioned it in front but slightly to the right. I don't remember how high I held it, I did some experimenting until I found the right position though.

I put the camera on a tripod and set the self timer for 10 seconds to allow myself time to get into position.

So let me know what you think about the pictures!


Rebekah said...

The lighting is beautiful on both photographs! Your composition is really good too! :)

Can you change the angle of the flash - like does it have a hing? I would love to get one of those sometime! (If I can ever afford it!)

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JoyousTreasures said...

Rebekah, yes it does have a swivel, so I can point it up to bounce light of the ceiling! Pretty nifty!