Basic Question on Flash


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hokokhua

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Hi guys,

Just a stupid question on the flash. I got a NikonD80 and SB600. Just wondering why every time I turn on the flash, the shutter speed turns to 1/60s. I take mostly social events where it is usually indoors and dark and people move about quite a bit. I was hoping to use the flash to freeze their motions a little bit more/ to have a higher shutter speed.

I read somewhere that when photographing moving subjects (candid shots) it is best to use 1/250s or some high shutter speed like that. But in the dark it is impossible to get that kind of speed right? and if i use the flash, the thing only stops at 1/60s.

anyway to get round the problem? thanks in advance!

Rgds
kok hua
 

optimage

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Switch the flash mode to rear curtain to remove the 1/60s limitation.
 

chanxj

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u noe how fast is speed of light? if u have to stop down to 1/60 means ur flash is not lighting up the people properly or bright enough. If u are bouncing the light, check celling is not too high or too low. Use A flash card to bounce some light to the front at the same time. It may help.

If u use ttl, the shutter will close once it detects that the photo is properly exposed therefore the shutter speed of 1/60s is onli "for show". Somebody correct me if i'm wrong. This is only to my knowledge.
 

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Hi guys,

Just a stupid question on the flash. I got a NikonD80 and SB600. Just wondering why every time I turn on the flash, the shutter speed turns to 1/60s.
One of your menu setting under flash/shutter prevent you from chosing the flash syn to 1/200.

meaning one of your menu option activate the flash it stop to 1/60.


check manual page 141.
 

zac08

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High speed sync is the way to go.

Search for this. ;)
 

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u noe how fast is speed of light? if u have to stop down to 1/60 means ur flash is not lighting up the people properly or bright enough. If u are bouncing the light, check celling is not too high or too low. Use A flash card to bounce some light to the front at the same time. It may help.

If u use ttl, the shutter will close once it detects that the photo is properly exposed therefore the shutter speed of 1/60s is onli "for show". Somebody correct me if i'm wrong. This is only to my knowledge.
wow.. where did you get this piece of knowledge from?
 

hokokhua

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thanks guys for all your brilliant advice. i managed to find out more about the camera. i realised that i can actually set the flash to auto FP mode (as one of you experts out there commented) about. the manual mode advice is also really helpful ... now I can experiment with slower shutter speeds as well to try to get more of the ambient light.

;)
 

zac08

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thanks guys for all your brilliant advice. i managed to find out more about the camera. i realised that i can actually set the flash to auto FP mode (as one of you experts out there commented) about. the manual mode advice is also really helpful ... now I can experiment with slower shutter speeds as well to try to get more of the ambient light.

;)
Yeah.. you got that right. Slower shutter speeds of say 1/30 with flash is one of my fav settings to get a better BG. ;) And remember to tune down the flash exposure if the subject is too brightly lit.
 

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you are right about flash is able to freeze a moving subjuct.

when you are shooting indoor, the ambient light is low, D200 default lower sync speed for auto and programme mode is 1/60s, you may switch to manual mode to use other sync speed, max is 1/250, but you will have a very dark backgound.

this is a shot I did in slow speed with manual mode, to add motion with a flash.

 

hokokhua

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you are right about flash is able to freeze a moving subjuct.

when you are shooting indoor, the ambient light is low, D200 default lower sync speed for auto and programme mode is 1/60s, you may switch to manual mode to use other sync speed, max is 1/250, but you will have a very dark backgound.

this is a shot I did in slow speed with manual mode, to add motion with a flash.

wow this is cool ... how slow was the shutter? what's the exposure compensation and ISO? was your subject moving?
;p
 

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Hi Guys,

I'm planning to get the SB600. Just a question. Does it include a bounce card/relector?
 

hongwei

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Nope, not included. But you can easily make one yourself.
Hi, just offtopic a little ;p this is my very first post in this forum ... nice to see like minded ppl here ....

ok back on topic ... I just bought a SB 600 too and it doesn't come with any bounce card/reflector ... may I ask how to make one?? Use a white piece of paper can? What material should I used?

Thanks
 

frenchbean

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Hi, just offtopic a little ;p this is my very first post in this forum ... nice to see like minded ppl here ....

ok back on topic ... I just bought a SB 600 too and it doesn't come with any bounce card/reflector ... may I ask how to make one?? Use a white piece of paper can? What material should I used?

Thanks
Welcome to the forum... :)

There is a link here to make a DIY bounce card,

http://forums.clubsnap.org/showthread.php?t=221527

You can also make a simpler one by just cutting a white card and attaching unto your flash head using rubber bands or velcro.
 

zac08

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The simplest which I used before was using a piece of white cardboard and stuck using scotch tape to the flash unit.... ;)

Just cut it to about A6 size... or slightly larger if you want more bounced light.
 

hongwei

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Welcome to the forum... :)

There is a link here to make a DIY bounce card,

http://forums.clubsnap.org/showthread.php?t=221527

You can also make a simpler one by just cutting a white card and attaching unto your flash head using rubber bands or velcro.
Thanks for the link and the tips ... taking a look right now to learn some tips out of it :)
 

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