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shutter speeds using flash

waedison

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waedison Registered since 23rd Jun 2010
Sun 23-Jun-13 06:48 PM

What is the fastest shutter speed possible with my d5000 using my sb900 flash? Using what settings on both units? Thanks.

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accettoN

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#1. "RE: shutter speeds using flash" | In response to Reply # 0

accettoN Registered since 16th Mar 2013
Sun 23-Jun-13 05:06 PM

I would use TTL only for the beginning. Later on you may do manual settings, but I would advise it after you get used to it first. I personally am not much a friend with my flash )

Maximum sinc speed is 1/200 sec. for ALL flashes.

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waedison

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#2. "RE: shutter speeds using flash" | In response to Reply # 1

waedison Registered since 23rd Jun 2010
Sun 23-Jun-13 09:56 PM

1/200th is the best I could do. Unfortunately that leaves me with some ghosting on action pictures. I wonder if the different models have different shutter speed capabilities with flash where I can use a faster shutter speed.

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aolander

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#3. "RE: shutter speeds using flash" | In response to Reply # 0

aolander Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Sep 2006
Sun 23-Jun-13 10:03 PM

The fastest with some DSLRs is 1/250th. FP sync can be used above that, but the flash power is greatly reduced. Probably not usable with action photography unless your subjects are quite close.

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#4. "RE: shutter speeds using flash" | In response to Reply # 2

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Sun 23-Jun-13 10:33 PM

Hi Butch,

To eliminate the ghosting, use Manual exposure mode and Manual ISO. Set the shutter speed to 1/200th sec. and the aperture and ISO to under expose for the ambient light by three or more stops. With the SB-900 in TTL mode you will be able to use the short flash duration of the flash to freeze the motion of your subject.


Also make sure you are in TTL mode not TTL BL mode.

Best Regards,
Marty

waedison

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#5. "RE: shutter speeds using flash" | In response to Reply # 4

waedison Registered since 23rd Jun 2010
Mon 24-Jun-13 01:48 PM

Thanks for that Marty. I will try that out very soon. /Butch

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waedison

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waedison Registered since 23rd Jun 2010
Fri 12-Jul-13 04:03 PM

Marty, I finally got a chance to try your approach and it really worked. I actually could only stop down one stop on Manual. I've attached two photos, the first is using Auto-900 on TTL mode, the better one is using the camera on Manual, 1/200th of a second at F5-6.

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MEMcD

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#7. "RE: shutter speeds using flash" | In response to Reply # 6

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Fri 12-Jul-13 05:08 PM

Hi Butch,

Since both images appear to be shot from the same location and about 2.5 minutes apart the ambient light should be the same.

There is actually about a 3-stop difference in the ambient exposure.

Image #1 : 1/60th sec. , f/4.5 @ ISO 1400
Image #2 : 1/200th sec., f/5.6 @ ISO 800

Shutter Speed - 1 2/3rd stops
Aperture - 2/3rd stop
ISO - just under 2/3rd stop

Image #2 is underexposed by just under 3 full stops compared to image #1 for the ambient light. Since Image #1 was slightly underexposed for ambient already, image #2 was underexposed by more than 3 stops.

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Marty

waedison

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#8. "RE: shutter speeds using flash" | In response to Reply # 7

waedison Registered since 23rd Jun 2010
Fri 12-Jul-13 08:44 PM

Well, you are absolutely correct. The technique works great. Thank you.

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MEMcD

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#9. "RE: shutter speeds using flash" | In response to Reply # 8

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Fri 12-Jul-13 10:14 PM

Hi Butch,

Your welcome.
Glad to help.

Best Regards,
Marty

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