The Equipment: By setup included the following:
- Camera ISO: I set the camera (in this case a D600) to the lowest possible ISO setting, which in this case is equivalent to 100.
- Lens: An untried Nikon 20-35mm 2.8 AF zoom. A great lens when it was introduced in 1993 and a good lens today.
- Filtration: I installed a 3-stop Neutral Density, just to see how my images would look with a shallow depth of field.
- Speedlight: I used a Nikon SB-900 for its improved output over the SB-800. I didn't add a supplementary battery pack.
- Shutter Priority Exposure Mode: I set the camera body to Shutter Priority and the Shutter speed to 1/200 of a second, the fastest flash synchronization speed I can use without slipping into Auto High Speed Synchronization.
- Exposure Compensation, Camera: I set this to -1.0 stop. This would essentially underexpose my background.
- Flash Compensation: This setting is a little squishy. I normally set it to -2/3 stop, and tweak it, up or down, as the situation requires.
- Flash Beam Angle: The SB-900 is more adaptable to the FX (Full Frame) shooter. I set the beam angle to 35 degrees to concentrate the light in the center of the photo.
Had I not used some form of supplementary lighting, my foreground subject would also be underexposed. In Photo #2, you can see that the camera-mounted speed light is providing nearly all of the necessary lighting. Without the use of flash, his face would have been as dark as the shadow under his chin.
Be careful when you try this. I crashed into Cissie shortly after I made this photo.