The Art of the Manual Flash

Started Jun 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
CraigBennett Contributing Member • Posts: 699
Re: The Art of the Manual Flash

Sailor Blue wrote:

The general rule is if the subject to flash distance is variable then use TTL.  If the subject to flash distance is fixed then use manual power control of the flash.

With TTL chimp a lot, expect to be using Flash Exposure Compensation a lot, and expect to do a lot of exposure modification in post processing.  TTL isn't anywhere near perfect but it does have its use.

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I do find mine to be very consistent with TTL on camera as fill though.  Once I set my FEC, I find I get very consistent shots during the event, with very little variance from shot to shot.

I set up my room flash units in key locations to provide a nice even room illumination.  I take several room shots without camera fill light to make sure I'm getting a nice ambient and adjust the light stand power levels as needed.  Once I get what I want with my chosen Aperture and ISO, I then take a few test shots with TTL on camera fill and adjust my FEC for the desired flash fill.

If I change my aperture, I usually adjust my ISO to compensate as to not disrupt my remote manual flashes.

Setup is fast and I get very nice and consistent images.

With our low noise, high ISO cameras of today, it certainly makes life easier when shooting large event halls.


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