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Toni Vincent

Using digital SLR with strobe studio lights

I am a B&W professional portrait photog (23 yrs.exp. & process film, print & retouch my own photos)and use a Nikon F100 with either Norman 800 system (set up in my studio) or Dyna-lite when on location. Having never used a digital SLR before (yes, there are some stubborn old timers out there)I have an opportunity to try a Nikon D70 and see my work in digital color. I want to use it in my studio with my Norman lights. Is there a limit to the amount of watts, say using two 200 watt heads for instance, the D70 can handle? Should I use my voltage regulator like I do with the F100? Do I need to set the D70 on Manual so that I can use my hand held light meter and control the aperature? If so, when on Manual does that affect the auto focus? Is there anything else about making the Norman system compatible with the D70 so that it does fire the lights off but not fry the camera? Lastly, I live in Bellevue, WA and would be very interested in taking a class. Which one would you recommend? I noticed that the online classes have already begun and I missed the Nikon 201 class in Seattle addressing professional SLR photogs needing 101 Digital. Thank you in advance for your help and for your time. Toni Vincent

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4/19/2005 12:10:39 PM

Michael H. Cothran   I've had no problems, and would use the D70 with your strobes just as you would your F100. However, you would be much wiser to call Nikon. Read the D70 manual to learn how to make a custom white balance for your strobe lights, so your color balance will be truer. And yes, set it on manual, and no, it does not affect the auto focus.
Michael H. Cothran

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4/20/2005 6:03:43 AM

Peter Mantione
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/29/2004
  Hi Toni, when using a digital camera it is the exact same principal as if using a film camera. if using your digital camera in a studio control situation use a custom white balance! When you use a custom white balance the colors of your pictures will all be consistant if you were using an auto white balance and there is a lot of red or green or yellow your camera will try to compensate to adjust for these colors. So setting it on a custom white balance will always keep your whites white. Also set your camera to manual, set your shutter speed for the correct sync with your flash then take a flash exposure reading ( I set my Canon 20d to ISO 200 for studio and get great results) and set your aperature to that exposure. Remember shoothing digital your exposure has to be acurate or you can burn out your highlites. Hope this helps.. Peter

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4/20/2005 6:31:53 AM

Toni Vincent   Michael & Peter:

Thank you for your prompt response. I am fundraising for a certain breed of dog with health issues for future research and have 12 shoots lined up on Sunday. You both have eased my nerves!
Regards, Toni.

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4/20/2005 10:41:49 AM

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