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Newborn Baby's eyes and Flash

bay tran , May 08, 2007; 02:28 p.m.

I ordered a Nikon D80 to take pictures of my soon to be born baby girl on June 13, 2007. Will the flash destroy her eyes from the D80? If so can I cover it with a coffee filter or anything else to soften the flash when taking pictures of her? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thank in advance, Nikon Beginner.

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Hiro Matsu , May 08, 2007; 02:35 p.m.

I use my sb600 and bounce it off the ceiling. Even if it doesn't really hurt their eyes, it's not comfortable as you've probably felt before. If you don't have a sb600, a filter might be a good idea. I think stofen makes something also. Congratulations by the way.

Kyle West , May 08, 2007; 02:36 p.m.

The little D80 flash is pretty good for what it is, but it won't do your baby-to-be justice. Spend the extra $200 and get the SB-600 with a diffuser. You might also consider a $100 Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens which takes especially wonderful baby shots without being all up in the baby's face.

David Tate , May 08, 2007; 02:37 p.m.

for the best results you will want an external flash bounced off of the ceiling/walls. the softer light will make the biggest difference.

And with a baby's perfect skin, direct flash will look so harsh you will want to start shooting without flash just to get the peaceful serene light to match the baby's countenance.\

You can pick up an SB600 online for about $175 or so. Well worth the investment. Ken Rockwell (I know, I know...) even recommends the SB-400 at $129 as it allows for a simple bounce flash.

I think though that the SB-600 is more versatile.

Alan Olander , May 08, 2007; 02:39 p.m.

People seem to think that flash will hurt a baby's eyes, but I've seen several references by knowledgeable people that it does not.

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Frank Uhlig , May 08, 2007; 02:41 p.m.

Bounce the flash by all means off the ceiling, wall. ,,, if you really do need flash. (I doubt it.)

You may not have to use flash at all! Especially if you want to get close to the baby.

For a really bad experience, try flashing your own eyes from 2 feet away, straight on ... from your extended arm; if you dare. Have someone ready to drive you to an ophtalomist (spell ?) right away ... if you dare ...

The old saying: Do onto others as you want done to yourself, Nikon beginner, still holds, even with digital! Congrats on the new one!

Eric Friedemann , May 08, 2007; 02:47 p.m.

Use the flash on the D80 as a "Commander" and bounce one or more SB-800s or SB-600s off white walls or ceilings.


D200 as Commander with two SB-800s bounced

Eric Friedemann , May 08, 2007; 02:52 p.m.

Also, if you can't afford another flash and have to use the on-camera pop-up flash as your light source, I've tried this LumiQuest Soft Screen Diffuser and, for $13, its better than a sharp stick in the eye:

http://www.lumiquest.com/softscreen.htm

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Leo C , May 08, 2007; 03:22 p.m.

Eyes of a newborn are not as developed as an adult

From a pediatrician's standpoint, I would not recommend using direct flash in a newborns eyes as the eyes are weak. The muscularture of the eye as well as the nerves of the eye need time to strengthen and develop. I would definetly use celing bounced flash or available light when possible. When seeing the world for the first time do you think you would have enjoyed to have been bombarded with explosions of light? The baby went through a traumatic time enough going through the birthing process.

Stephen Lewis , May 08, 2007; 04:47 p.m.

Use bounce flash or hi speed iso, not direct flash!


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