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Archive for March, 2009

Nikon SB900 first outting

Posted by Richard on Tue 24 March 2009

I used the SB900 for the 1st time in anger on Sunday.

This how I used my old SB800 camera set to manual f5.6 adjust the shutter/iso get the correct exposure for the background flash set to TTL BL FP. -.7 compensation. This worked about 80% of the time but caused a couple of problems if the background changed ie going from mostly sky to no sky getting the right exposure is a bit hit or miss. Also getting to close to the subject caused the flash to overexpose. The other problem with the SB800 was the cycle time I tend to shot quicker then the flash charges (my bad) so often got under exposed pictures

So what did I the SB900 do

I left the camera in aperture priority with the flash set the same as before to say I was amazed with the results would be an understatement not only did the camera get the exposure right but it cycles fast enough to keep up with my itchy trigger finger 🙂 I didn’t get a single shot where the flash didn’t fire. Also getting close didn’t cause overexposure

What else

Weight/Size I thought this would be a big issue as well but once the flash was on the camera I didn’t even notice the difference.

Controls Not sure why but on the 800 even after 2 years I was always pressing the wrong buttons. Don’t seem to have this problem (yet ?)

Temperature I’ve seen lots of people saying they have problems with the 900 overheating so I kept an eye on the thermometer but it never moved so I don’t appear to have that problem

Some pictures from Sunday

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Fast Show 2009

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Notes on the workshop

Posted by Richard on Mon 02 March 2009

Just so I don’t forgot them there were 6 light setups 

1 Beauty dish main light with a grid on the hair light
2 Beauty dish main light with grids on the hair light and background to give the halo effect
3.Monospot with a blind insert
4.Monospot without the insert
5.Diffuser with a centre grid
6.Diffuser with out the centre grid

Need to get some more studio time to practise these setups 

Good to catch up with Katie again she seems to be doing alright. You’ll be should be seeing her in a new Sony Bravia ad and she is the current “face” of Nikon so I guess she be at any of the events Nikon sponser

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Jon Grey Workshop

Posted by Richard on Sun 01 March 2009

Some pictures from today’s workshop model is Katie Green

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