i admit i am hopeless with flash and my D700 any tips appreciated

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i am going out later with my D700 and i want to try my sb600

it will be late evening dull and overcast/raining [come on this is England in august]

its a open air rock concert on a truck,i have a selection of lens and a diffuser
whats the best settings on the camera and flash to give some atmosphere.
i hate the clean flash stuff.

thanks, put it here as its specifically for my D700 :biggrin:
 
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If there are no ceilings or walls to bounce the flash from, the diffuser will not help. It will "eat" about a stop of light, so I guess you'll get better results without it.

There is a great post about flash made by a fellow member Desmond somewhere in the General discussion area.

I'd start with rear curtain sync, TTL/BL mode and then I'd dial the flash power down to -1.7 EV for starters. Matrix metering. Check your histograms. I would probably not use Auto ISO. A large bouncecard might be handy.
 
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a or p mode?

just had a fiddle used p, red eye seems to slow it down a lot

what does rear curtain mean/do

i didnt know the flash set its size as i zoomed the lens cool
 
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If this is a out in the open, no walls around, daytime gig then I recommend using the flash as fill-flash.

Which basically means using the flash the purpose of ONLY lightening the shadows and not as a main light. The sun is your main light but he flash will lighten up those dark shadows under hats or things similar.

pforsale is right, if it is outdoor daytime event, dial down your flash power. I believe he recommended -1.7 EV. I would start off at -.7 and dial it down and see what results you get.
 
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Why not not use flash at all ? :wink:
lol, I haven't even put on a flash on my d700 since I got it. I was too busy testing out the iso capability that i forgot the d700 even has a hotshoe.
 
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When making pics on an Open Air I don't use flash at all.
Abundantly flashing can make artists/people very angry at the poor photographer.
In our festivals using SRL-lenses is mostly not allowed at all.

Anyway, wishing you much succes with your pics,
Giac.
 

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