The Art of the Manual Flash

Started Jun 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
vdotmatrix
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Re: The Art of the Manual Flash
In reply to NYCphotoman, Jun 28, 2013

I hated flash but I am slowly warming up ( pun ) to it.  I shoot  5Dm3, (3) 580ex2 and the PW flex(s).

I will set up the 580s on stands with flex and with out with umbrellas.

I start MANUAL on the camera at 800-1200 ISO right off the bat with 1/200th if there is a lot of ambient indoors ( to eliminate any ghosting) and try for some good depth of field @ f5.6-8 and shoot auto focus.

From there I dial in the light banks with the AC3 on ETTL.

If I have the opportunity I will walk over and meter the lights for shits and giggles and shoot a photovision target for a point of reference for WB.

ON camera, I shoot manual and dial back the exposure with FEC on the back of the camera.

I still hate flash until I calm down during a shoot.. but once I see that the images are looking good good enough to be slaveged in post if necessary i can concentrate on the important stuff.

I shoot in RAW of course.

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