In my alll previous reading about polarizer, I am told that it help eliminate reflection. But it never occurs to me that a polarizer can be used to enhance the reflection in a photograph. The above photo is taken without a polorizer.
This is a shot from my test of my new flash today. The thing is not difficult to set up with my D60 and control is very easy. I really like the shawdow of the leaves casted on the pot.
As a newbie into flash photography, my photos sucks. So, it must be my equipment. Then come the things I shopped today to improve on the situation. Just kidding. The things I brought today do give me some convenience. So, here it go. As I am still sticking with my D60 (I left my D700 in Shenzhen all the time), I have got a SU-800 and SB-600 to start with. These 2 together could get me a SB-900 but I could not do wireless control with D60 + SB-900. I will try to see if I could still make use of the SB-400 along the road. I guess the use of the SB-400 with these new toys will only be limited by my imagination.
When I first started to learn about photography long time ago, my impression of using flash is just for the night time. The most advanced technique I learn then is fill flash for backlit portrait. Of course, it is just some trial and error way of reducing the flash power by choosing a smaller than normal (as the distance of my subject in completely dark situation) aperture value. The flash result for night time is also horrible and I have not learned the importance of off camera flash and bounce flash.
With the advanced in flash technology and inspiration from Joe Mcnally’s books, I am starting to learn flash photography for outdoor application again. The first thing I like to mention here is to color of flash light. A tip I have learned from Joe’s book is the use of green flash light with florescence white balance for sunset portait. The result look something like the following self portrait:
It is the purple skylight effect that make me very interested in the use of flash for outdoor. For there, I learn that I need to have some way to soften my light and change the color of the flash light. The following is some DIY things for my SB400: