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17-02-12, 10:43 PM
Join Date: Feb 2011
Unless I miss my guess you're doing this for record purposes before they tear out 200-years of tobacco grime and beer soaked carpet.
You will probably be looking at long shots down the bar etc., in which case auto-focus could be more of a hinderence than a help. A small aperture is going to be your best bet to get the max. DoF, but there's only so much power in a SB-600 and if you're going to bounce it you will lose a coupe of stops in the process.
Depending on how high the ceiling is and what colour, bouncing is going to get you the best coverage. If the ceiling is too high or too dingey try pointing the flash vertically and bouncing off a white card at 45 degrees. Be aware that these places soak up flash like you wouldn't believe.
So, max power, small aperture, focus about 1/3 in and do all the fine tuning with your ISO setting. Take a couple of test shots and check out the histogram to determine ISO. Zoom into the image on your LCD to check for focus etc.
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