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Get the flash off the camera
16-JUL-2005

Get the flash off the camera

This is a simple example of the result of 2 different flash placements--on and off camera. The shot at left shows a more natural light and could easily be mistaken for a shot taken on a sunny day. The other shot, using strictly on-camera flash, looks dull and lifeless, however, unless you're a photographer, you probably wouldn't even realize why.
The message here: get your flash off. Your pictures will have more depth and natural appearance.

Nikon D70
1/60s f/22.0 at 100.0mm iso400 with Flash full exif

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Eric Delmar15-Sep-2005 15:10
Answering Chris's question here: The flash (a non-dedicated unit) was placed off-camera using an SC-17 synch cable.
With the D70 and other similar models, assuming one has one of the fully dedicated flashes, such as the SB-800 or -600, you can shoot off-camera wirelessly. This is a great trick, and many have used it with great success. When I eventually get one, I'll update this series with results.
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Chris Utter08-Aug-2005 02:36
I have a Nikon D70 and know that you have to use the Nikon flash with it. What did you use? And, how did you get it to fire with the camera?