Loving Natasha’s pics i took a long time ago!
Last weekend I had an awesome shoot with Cherrybilly, It wasn’t only really pleasant, I loved the result too!
Light assistant (and second photgrapher) : Sem Dendoncker
MUA: Connie Van Noten
The first concept was to put a fridge in a field and let Cherrybilly step out:
We were very lucky, the weather was awesome and we took some more pictures :
I Used 2 SB900’s: one in a 80×80 gridded softbox left and my softbox/beautydish on the right 🙂
I want to thank Ellen, Sem and offcorse the lovely Connie again for the great day!
I wanted to make myself a beauty dish a long time ago now, but always struggled with finding the right dome… One day I stumbled upon a nice dome, really cheap too (9€)!
So I was determined to make a beauty dish out of it. Problem 1: I like strudy brackets, not the ones I put my SB600 on and then the bracket lets go of the strobe…( remember?)
An exhaustive search on Ebay, several purchases later I found a good contender : Here. I found this bracket easy to modify to whatever I want to. It’s very sturdy and my new SB900 fits nicely on it!
Once the bracket was decided I mounted a nice big dome on it. Problem was (still is) the dome is too deep to get a nice beauty-dish effect… it acts more like a snoot. So I switched again to add some diffuse cloths in the dome and got a pretty good result. This with a minimum of cost. It’s quick and dirty but works as intended!
Now next step is to get me the same dome, another bracket and make a modification to the dome to finally get my beauty dish 🙂
oh yeah, I almost forgot the result 🙂
Remember I bought a SB900 because my SB600 died?
so some pointers you have to consider:
- Order the flashtube from Nikon or Ebay (8-30€ -> an official Nikon repair is 200€…).
- Disassemble the flash and take the batteries out.
- Leave for 3 weeks (REALLY !!! the capacitor is charged and a big zap is waiting)
- De -solder the broken tube
- Replace the tube (watch the side with the wire!)
- Test the zoom while the flash is still open. (so the wires are tucked away nicely)
- Work neatly! (don’t lose any screws, remember what screw goes where…)
The result is this :
thanks Google 🙂
I was on the verge of settling and being happy with my SB600 (good workhorse!) then suddenly I decided to drop it onto this earth in a nice bed of rocks… the flash head is dead and now I have to buy a new one: I considered a SB600 again but then in the shopwindow is saw the big brother…SB900 in all it’s glory. I wondered is it that much better? Is it worth the price difference? Lets see 🙂
But I went ahead anyway and bought the thing. Now that I can play around with it, I wanted to share my opinion, as a strobist.
First off : I mainly use the manual setting with triggers so the whole CLS/TTL is not really my cup off tea. I wonder if this is going to change now I own ‘the flagship strobe’.
My first test was a wedding for a Japanese couple. They came to Belgium specially to get married in Leuven (groot begijnhof) my hope was the flash could keep up with the necessary flashes. I heard a lot of rumors the flash went too fast in safety (due to heat).
First pop: DAAAMM that’s powerfull 😀
Second pop: Cycle time! thank you NIKON: the cycle time on these SB900 is fantastic. I didn’t have my external power supplies yet but i wonder if they are even needed? Yes you would have an even faster cycle. But I think it’s not the point to strobe a model blind either…
Third pop: CLS activated and going strong! I never used the TTL or CLS on a strobe, I’m used to work with a yongnuo trigger, which is a manual strobe. But this time I activated my CLS and triggered it with my pop-up flash. hesitation was around when I noticed the strong sun, but I did not have 1 misfire… only when the sensor was covered offcorse…
I’ll be posting some more remarks. But the general idea is that the SB900 is a very powerful, easy to use, well build strobe. Where I used to work on manual settings I switched to TTL and it works great! With my sb600 I never used it, but now i feel ok using it.