Remote flash - Studio lighting outdoors with a model

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I've been working with wireless flash use outdoors with the aid of a reflector. I wanted to use an off-camera SB800 like a studio keylight and accent it with natural light and a bounce or fill flash.

Here are a few samples from this past weekend. I used an on-camera master SB800 for fill -0.7EV, a key light remote SB800 at 0EV, and a reflector as a back/side-light. I metered for ambient daylight and adjusted down to -2/3 stop for most exposures. All shots with D2x and 28-70 AFS exposed manually

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1/125 f/5.6 ISO 100

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1/160 f/7.1 ISO 250

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1/80 f/5.6 ISO 100

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1/160 f/6.3 ISO 100

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1/125 f/6.3 ISO 100

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These are nice, I especially like the first two. Did you use the flashes in iTTL mode? If so, have you found the iTTL/CLS metering to be reliable? What about any modifier (umbrella, soft-box) for the off-camera main?

I got a second SB-800 a little while back but haven't had much opportunity to use them together yet. One thing I'm a little concerned about is pre-flashes; it's not too bad with just the on-camera flash but it seems like there's quite a bit more pre-flash activity with the CLS communication and so I've been wondering if manual/SU-4 might be the way to go. Then again the price premium on the SB-800 is in large part for iTTL/CLS so I hate for that functionality to go to waste. I guess FV-Lock could be useful here but I usually have AE-L/AF-L mapped to AF-ON (another reason to get a D2X I guess... :) )

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Nice job Joe.
I like number 4 love the way you go the lights setup. The models shadow matches the one in the garden behind.
 
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JeffKohn said:
I got a second SB-800 a little while back but haven't had much opportunity to use them together yet. One thing I'm a little concerned about is pre-flashes; it's not too bad with just the on-camera flash but it seems like there's quite a bit more pre-flash activity with the CLS communication and so I've been wondering if manual/SU-4 might be the way to go.
If you are worried about pre-flash you should use FV-lock. Hit it once and the camera and flashes do the pre-flash exposure work. Next time you capture there will be no pre-flashes. This works for a mostly static scene. If I were photographing nervous animals I would still use the wireless control but set the mode to manual.
 
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Love em all, Joe,

but not real wild about that tilted pillar in the 1st. Great job with those SB800's!
 
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