Single flash portraits

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I've been practicing with the 28-70/2.8 for the wedding I'll be shooting next weekend. Since I need to be mobile at
the reception, I've been trying to refine my technique with the SB800 mounted on camera. Here's a few from tonight.

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You can't get off that easy, what "technique" are you using; i.e., mode, flash setting, bounce, white card, etc., etc. I have found that iTTL works quite well but it doesn't give you full control of background so I am experimenting with AA setting with camera on manual which gives me better control of background (light/dark). I too have a wedding coming up in three weeks and I am scrambling around trying to refine my "technique." Any thoughts or help would be appreciated.
 
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greyflash said:
You can't get off that easy, what "technique" are you using; i.e., mode, flash setting, bounce, white card, etc., etc. I have found that iTTL works quite well but it doesn't give you full control of background so I am experimenting with AA setting with camera on manual which gives me better control of background (light/dark). I too have a wedding coming up in three weeks and I am scrambling around trying to refine my "technique." Any thoughts or help would be appreciated.
OK, I'll walk you through my current approach... but it's still pretty rough.

I don't want shots where the subject is well illuminated, but the background is black, like this.

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So the first thing I do is evaluate the available light, and adjust the ISO so that, with the aperture
I'm going to use, the background won't be more that a stop darker than the subject. In the case
of this shot, I used ISO 800, and haven't applied NR to the results.

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I spot meter on the subject's face, and use iTTL mode on the flash. I'll reduce the flash power by
as much as -1.0ev, depending on how close I am to the subject. I always use the diffuser
dome, and put the flash head at something around a 75% upward tilt.
 
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