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Mark A. Lively
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/22/2006
 

Lighting for outdoor shooting...


I shoot outdoors with natural light. But on those days where you need a little extra light what would I use for that little extra light? I would need this mostly for overcast/cloudy days. I have searched various on-line stores and their, "on-location" set-ups run around $200-$300.
So, does anyone know what kind of lighting I would need to shoot outdoors with a battery, or does anyone know of something I could put together like geting material from a home depot?
Thanks.


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2/15/2007 6:22:01 PM

 
Raymond H. Kemp
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  Mark, you could purchase the Nikon SB-800 speedlight and set it to SU-4 in remote mode. Using the in camera flash from your D50 will fire the SB-800 flash. You could also use the SB-800 directly on your hotshoe for thoese images that need a little more "umph" as well. Also the SB-800 has a PC sync port and with a pc sync hotshoe on your D50 you could connect directly to the SB-800 via pc sync cable.

Lot's of flexibility with this setup and you stay in the $350 or so range. Google "strobist" and check out the way he uses low cost strobes for quick location shoots. Very informative!

Ray


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2/15/2007 6:58:21 PM

 
Mark A. Lively
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/22/2006
  Hey Ray,
Thanks for your response. I'm looking at that site now and can tell that it's gonna help me out.
I have the D80 as well and the SB 600. Would the SB 600 work just as well?

Thanks again.


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2/15/2007 7:19:08 PM

 
Raymond H. Kemp
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  The Sb-600 is not as powerful as the 800 and lacks a PC sync port, but you can still use in remote mode (Su-4) whereby it will optically fire from the on camera flash of the D-50. If you go with wireless such as Pocket Wizards it will more than work fine for them as well.

Good luck!

Ray


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2/15/2007 8:01:15 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Mark,
Ray is right, the SB-600 is not as powerful as the SB800.
I had the SB 800 and bought a SB 600 to go with it for events, it will remotly slave with the SB 800 :as
seen here in the Nikon Creative Light System Manual : http://www.nikonusa.com/pdf/SB800_techniques.pdf

I still was not happy with the light it put out, don't get me wrong a good flash, but you will see a noticable difference between the two.
and if puting the money out for the first flash, I personally would save a bit more and buy the SB 800.
I do hope this helps, You will enjoy the info at the link,
Debby


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2/16/2007 5:54:14 AM

 
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