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    | Photography Tips | 25/11/2013 00:01am

    Tips for using manual flash

    The automatic TTL flash setting is fine as a starting point, but like all automatic settings it can sometimes go awry and produce very bright or dark backgrounds.

    So, once you get more confident with your flash you can start to explore the manual
flash settings to get more consistent results. This takes a little practice, and to begin with you’ll need to
refer to the flashgun’s manual or the rear panel to discover the correct power setting to use depending on the distance between the flash and the subject.

    Getting the most from your budget flashgun

    Suggested shutter speeds for blurring motion with flash

    Fast-moving action (cars, motorbikes)

    1/60 to 1/125 sec with flash

    Medium-speed action (bikes, people running)
    1/15 to 1/60 sec with flash

    Slow-moving subjects (people walking)
    1/4 to 1/15 sec with flash

    Go one step at a time
    Once you start to play around with the settings on your camera it can be difficult to work out how the changes you’ve made affect the image.

    Try to change one setting at a time, and when you’ve got time to experiment, try setting manual mode and then adjusting the power manually to see what effect it has on the exposure.

    Flash sync speed
    When setting your exposure, remember that for most systems there will be a maximum shutter speed you can use with the flash (usually around 1/200 to 1/250 sec). Some flashguns feature so-called high-speed sync, which enables you to shoot at shutter speeds higher than this – see your manual for more.

    PAGE 1: Best photography accessories: Tripods
    PAGE 2: Setting up your tripod & features to look for
    PAGE 3: Getting the most from budget flashguns
    PAGE 4: Tips for using manual flash
    PAGE 5: Using neutral density filters
    PAGE 6 – Filter systems explained
    PAGE 7 – Using ND grad filters
    PAGE 8 – Using polarisers
    PAGE 9 – Common problems caused by filters


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    Posted on Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips.

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