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Is TTL not the best setting?

Arkayem

Richmond Hill, GA (Savannah), US
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"RE: Is TTL not the best setting?"

Arkayem Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in flash photography Charter Member
Sat 10-Nov-12 01:58 AM

>Thank you so much Russ. I must admit you open insights that
>could have troubled me if I hadn't tried and fooled with flash
>as much. What I'm trying to do is hone the result. I realize
>that on camera flash is flat so the results will only go so
>far. The need is to roam single handedly with the flash in
>one hand and the camera in the other is a goal. I want to get
>good at this because I find that I take a lot of these types
>of photographs. The night brings out a complex quality in
>people which is fun to capture.
>I was wishy washy about Auto vs. TTL vs. TTL-BL and now I
>realize that at least TTL will be there in these (night)
>situations (on camera). Outside in daylight really never
>worries me because I can ballpark/guess the fill pretty well.
>In fact daytime I would use a cheaper flash that doesn't even
>have TTL but forsakes these for simple setting of fractions of
>full power.
>
>Migs

I kept the flash on-camera for almost all of my work when I was shooting weddings. The trick is to prevent the direct light from the flash from blasting the subject's face.

One way to get great flash shots with the flash on-camera is to turn the flash around and let it light your subject from the reflected energy in the entire room. In the night club situation, I would increase ISO, reduce shutter speed, and open up the aperture to allow lots of ambient to help out. I have gotten some really good night club shots using this technique.

In a smaller room, turning the flash around backwards will make outstanding portraits with really soft light.

Russ
Retired Professional Photographer
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Russell MacDonald Photography
Nikon CLS Practical Guide

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