Thinking of adding another flash, which one?

Started Jan 26, 2013 | Questions thread
Douglas Boyd
Douglas Boyd Contributing Member • Posts: 585
You need more power for outdoor fill

If you want to use your flash outdoors for fill in sunlight then you need about 4-8x more power than you will bet from an SB600, SB700, SB800 or SB900 (or place the flash within 6 feet and use HSS which of course is not feasible for full-length shots or groups).

Here is one choice that is a step up from the consumer flashes mentioned so far ($348):

There are about a half dozen choices of these Chinese made flashes ranging from 200 to 500 watt-sec, and costing from $200-600.  Adorama has one on sale at under $200.    For comparison, the Nikon flashes have power in the 70 watt-sec range.

These higher power flashes will give a light pulse that competes well with the mid-day sun, so you will be able to darken the sky and background if you want.  However, as always when shooting in sunlight, don't forget your ND filter if you want to use a wide lens aperture for subject isolation.  This is necessary to keep the shutter speed below the max sync speed (usually 1/250th or 1/320th).

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