I was putting Delaney to bed this evening and remembered that I hadn't shot anything yet today. I looked around the house for something interesting and really there wasn't anything interesting but I saw Floyd's bone on the girls' mat and thought the color would be at least striking. I realized that it would be a good subject to use my big flash in commander mode. I had to re-learn how to do it since it's been probably 2 years since the last time. I had to bring out my copy of Mastering the Nikon D800 to see what I had to do on that end. (As an aside, if you are looking for a book to teach you about how to use your specific camera, Darrell Young does a great job of explaining while being amusing! He's written several for manny different cameras.) Unfortunately, it only covered the camera settings. I had to get online to figure out how to get my flash to cooperate. What would I do without Google?
I had the flash off to the side and bounced it off the ceiling, used my on camera flash as well and had the camera on my tripod. I also unearthed my wireless remote and used that. I had the whole shebang!
At first I left the bone where Floyd had left it on the yellow part but it didn't show up well so I moved it over to the blue section and played with the depth of field and shutter speed. I started with a long exposure because I thought I wanted a long depth of field but as I started looking at my results, I realized that I really needed more light so I brought the aperture to 3 and tried again. Lo and behold, I actually liked the one with the short DoF the best! Then I started playing with ISO and realized that the lower ISO had a very nice color although it was a little cold. I should also mention that I used manual focus on all of these as well because it was difficult to grab focus on the bone for some reason.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun