I just tried to shoot a skateboarding contest. The sun overhead was quite harsh and I decided to use the SB800 to fill in the shadows on the skaters face. However, the max shutter speed I could get with the flash was 1/250 which was not fast enough to freeze all the action.
How can I use my flash with a faster shutter speed, or can I?
Sorry if this is a dumb question, I'm new to using flash.
Oh, I had this mounted on my D300 if that makes any difference.
#1. "RE: SB800 as Fill Flash Outdoors" In response to Reply # 0 Sat 15-Nov-08 07:57 PM by Wayne
You can use D300 menu e1 (page 288) to set 1/250 Auto FP shutter sync mode, which will allow any faster shutter speed with the SB-800 flash. However, the SB-800 effective power will be greatly reduced in this mode (only when shutter is actually faster than 1/250), to only a few feet range, which may not be enough. You may need much more ISO, which just makes the sun brighter too.
To understand this, with the SB-800 on the hot shoe in TTL mode, with flash head pointed directly ahead, its LCD shows a range scale, showing maximum range of the available power. So to get the idea, watch that maximum range LCD as you rotate the shutter speed from less than 1/250 second, to a faster speed like 1/2000 second.