Nikon D70 @ 18mm, 1/500 sec, f/13, ISO 200
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This is a technique I've seen described as dark daylight. Basically, you underexpose the scene by 2 or 3 stops, and then use a flash to properly expose the subject. My usual model was happy to pose out in the garden just after she had put the washing up - doesn't she look proud?
I had the SB-800 set up on a tripod to the right of the camera (the wireless feature is awesome), and undexposed the scene by about 2 stops.
Pretty pleased with the results. Even more pleased with the new flash.
As promised, some more details about the set up.
1. Shooting in manual and using matrix metering, the camera gave me a reading of 1/500 sec at f/5.6.
2. I wanted to underexpose the scene by 2 stops. Since 1/500 sec is the fastest the D70 can sync at, I adjusted the aperture to f/13.
3. I set the SB-800 up on a tripod to the right of the camera, at about 45 degrees to the camera axis, and a few inches above the subjects eye level. The flash head was at 90 degrees and aimed directly at the subject.
4. To set the SB-800 to work wirelessly you need to do the following:
i. On the D70 set CSM 19 to Commander and then TTL. This means that only the SB-800 will participate in the lighting.
ii. Set the SB-800 to remote and set the channel to 3 and the group to A.
5. The flash compensation was set at -1/3 on the D70.
6. Because the subject was not in the centre of the frame I had to set CSM 15 to FV lock. This allowed me to put the subject in the centre of the frame and press the AE-L/AF-L button to set the correct output level for the flash. I could then recompose the shot with the subject always being properly exposed.
7. And there we have it. The background is underexposed by 2 stops, but the flash makes sure that the subject is properly exposed.