Trying to learn. Please help

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Trying to learn. Please help
Aug 17, 2013

I am trying to learn how to work with manual flash, and I am having a bit of trouble.  I am using a nikon d7000 with an sb-700 off camera.   My flash is about 3 feet away from my subject, and my camera and flash are both in manual mode with spot metering.  ambient exposure is f/5, 1/80 at iso 2000.  So, I increase the shutter speed to 1/250 to reduce the ambient exposure by two stops.  If I set my flash in manual mode at the lowest power setting, 1/128, the flash is way too intense.  If I put the flash in TTL mode, the exposure is perfect. I understand that I can move the flash farther away to reduce the power, but it works fine in TTL mode, so I'm trying to understand why I can't do it in manual mode.  I feel like I must be missing a setting somewhere, but the controls and menu on the sb-700 are very simple.  Is it possible that my flash does not allow enough control to dial it down far enough in manual mode?  Any other ideas or suggestions?

Jon

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