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Posted 20 February 2006 - 07:51 AM

Flash photography has historically been an art for most photogs. Nikon made it a science and we can all shoot great flash images today, right? Well, maybe... Weddings are a great situation to test your mettle in the artificial light arena. Nikon's iTTL technology is a workhorse and, between RAW images and good technique, you can depend on it for these critical assignments. But nothing beats preparation and a thorough read of your camera and flash manuals is the right place to start. Fortunately, for Nikon users that's been reduced to turning your camera and flash on and setting the SB600/800 unit to its TTL BL mode. Using S mode and a 1/250th (1/500th on your D70) will give you action stopping power in daylight situation only limited by flash guide number output into the late afternoon. In dim situations, the bounce card or diffuser keeps you going with quality light coming from five fresh AA batteries for several hours. Basic TTL flash will adjust its exposure for you when using a selected shutter speed (S Mode) and the Auto ISO custom setting can adjust even further as ambient light lessens. As simple as this sounds, you need to do it first before you trust the iTTL system implicitly. Exhaust the flash function possibilites to know what you can expect and you'll be ready. The group shot here is a simple example of the smooth lighting you can achieve with iTTL - a little D lighting and sharpening in Nikon Capture is all it took to finish this for printing. You've planned your work and now you're ready to work that plan!

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