Flash Photography

How to use your flash in manual and TTL mode.

Manual mode. The beauty of manual mode is that once you have set your flash output in manual mode by shooting at full power, 1/2 power, 1/4 power, etc. you will get a consistent flash output. Once you are satisfied with your exposure at that setting, your flash exposure will be good if you maintain the same distance to your subject. So test the flash and set the ratio until you are satisfied with the exposure. You can use manual and TTL in direct or bounce mode. Use your histogram to check your exposure.

TTL Mode TTL, through the lens, is an auto mode that almost always will give you the perfect exposure. If it looks a little light or a little dark on your screen, or in your histogram, then you can override the exposure darker or lighter by increments of one-third.

Lighting tip. Think of the flash as blocks of light coming out of your flash unit. When your subject is further away, the blocks or zones of light get bigger, allowing for a more even exposure and for broader coverage of light. If you need to cover a very large area with your flash, bounce mode is best. You may need to increase your iso for high ceilings. Bounce flash

Bounce flash is always a good choice indoors for soft, detailed lighting. When you are outside, fill-light works great to reduce or to eliminate shadows on your subject.

Use the sun icon or the flash icon for proper white balance. If you set your white balance manually, then choose 5,500K.

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