The glory of an external flash

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  1. OregonAmy

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    Got one for Christmas this year (thank you hubby!!). I took 2 pictures to compare - one with built-in flash and one with the SB-600. I can't WAIT to take more with my new flash. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

    built-in:
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    SB-600:
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    ETA - I'm not drinking chimay - that's an Ommegang Hennepin FWIW
     
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    Wow, that really is a huge difference. Not completely sure why it is so huge.
     
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    Looks Great! I bought myself an SB-600 about 2 days ago and its a BLAST to shoot with! Have you figured out the CLS yet?
     
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    Hey I've only had it for an hour. :D
     
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    Was the SB600 mounted in your hot shoe or off-camera?

    I have an SB600, and I love it, but unfortunately my D50 doesn't do remote flash... :(
     
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    The on camera flash is dead on. No real way to control it other than slapping a piece of paper of the light to somehow diffuse it in some way. A dedicated flash, will look marginally better dead on, but shines most when bounced to take away the harshness of a direct (closeup) blast to the face, without losing the "power".
     
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    Yes, but why in the 2nd photo is the flash filling out the background as well as the foreground?
    It certainly can't be the strength of the flash. Can it?
    I understand what you mean with diffusion, but I'm just not seeing a reason for the external flash to make such a big difference unless it was remotely triggered.
     
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    It was in the hotshoe and at a 60-degree angle. No flash adjustment, just at +/-0. Perhaps it was the angle of the wall or the proximity of the ceiling. I'm not sure, but it clearly makes a huge difference.
     
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    That it does...
     
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    Flash is being bounced, spreading the light out. Keep in mind, there is still ambient light so that is helping as well. However, the SB600 is stronger than the on-camera flash (hell an SB400 is), and at such close distances the light isn't losing much power from being bounced and spread.
     
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    I'm having fun. This is my cat, Sammie. Rarely before have I been able to capture good pictures of my cats' faces due to the sucky built-in flash.

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    For reference - Built-in flash picture:
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    Ok I'm on top of it now. I thought that the SB600 was being pointed directly at the subject and was wondering about the wall. Also, I think I was underestimating the distance from the table to the wall.
     

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