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Offline Gordon McGeachie

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Using flash with new born`s
« on: January 27, 2015, 08:20:12 PM »
I hear that the using of flash with babies under 2 weeks old is not recommended, but I feel that I will need to use flash this weekend when I go to see my grand daughter again.

I have some family pictures to take, and to get more depth will have to use a smaller aperture which would mean using flash.

Is the best way to soften the flash to use folder tissue/toilet paper over the flash head, to give more light but it too harsh?

I have the Nissin Di866 MKII which ahs a pull out diffuser to spread the light, and also a white card to soften the light, and am concerned that this may not be enough and may have to overexpose as well.

All advice keenly accepted.

thanks in advance

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Re: Using flash with new born`s
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2015, 08:46:05 PM »
 Have never used flash for photographing a 2 week old baby but if you absolutely need to surely bouncing the flash off a wall either behind or to the side is your best bet. The ceiling is also suitable angling the flash just behind your head rather than over the baby. This will diffuse the light well. Also crank up the iso to say iso800 or so so the flash is not having to work so hard and put out so much light.
Anything is better than direct flash.
Hopefully someone will be along to give us more advice and tell us how to really do it.

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Re: Using flash with new born`s
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2015, 09:11:25 PM »
You can google it up Gordon.  It is something to do with not being able to blink I believe- it is a few years now since I needed to know.
I just obeyed but Chris's suggestion of bouncing it is a good precaution....john
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Re: Using flash with new born`s
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2015, 06:54:36 AM »
cheers John........
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