> I do photography as a hobby sometimes; I am definitely not a pro, or
> even an amateur really. What I am wanting to do is to make a crude yet
> decent "studio" in a spare bedroom for taking photographs of my wife,
> son, friends etc which surpass the "snapshot" quality I typically get
> indoors using conventional means.
> I have a Nikon N65. I know you'd typically use 50-80 mm type of lens,
> and that's covered. I don't have any external flashes and obviously
> the built-in flash would be grossly insufficient for studio-type
> photos. I figure the thing to do is buy the SB50-DX and set it up in
> an umbrella stand. Moreover, I'm figuring that since a single-flash
> setup causes shadows which have to be filled, the thing to do likely
> would be to have two SB50-DXs--one from the left-side angling its
> light towards the right, and one on the right-side angling its light
> towards the left, so the two effectively cancel each other out.
> One website which gave good tips is this one:
> [url]http://www.camerahobby.com/Photo-CheapStudio.htm[/url] They elaborate on
> the use of a single flash reflecting with an umbrella mounted to a
> tripod while hand-holding the camera, using a reflector (made of
> aluminum foil on cardboard if need be) for the other side to fill in
> A few things. How do the ideas of that website sound? Also, wouldn't
> using 2 flashes--while more expensive--undoubtedly be better? If so,
> how would one calculate the effective power and proper aperture? As
> the Nikon N65 is a Matrix TTL flash as opposed to "classic auto flash"
> situation, it should be easy--just use an average aperture like f/8
> (assuming ISO 100) and you'll be fine. But how would one perform
> calculations to get a ballpark idea of what caliber of power is being
> output? (Such tips would help if I were to, say, use a couple of
> Vivitar 283s in "classic auto" mode.) And if I use two SB50-DXs, how
> would one hook 'em up? I know Nikon has an off-camera sync cord, but
> how would one hook up and synchronize TWO flashes like this?
> (I prefer direct explanations, but website recommendations are welcome