Flash Photography Tips – Controlling ambient light through Shutter Speed when using speed light

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25 Responses to Flash Photography Tips – Controlling ambient light through Shutter Speed when using speed light

  1. MrYawn1 says:

    You must be a Canon or Nikon Fan boy

  2. Khairul Nizam says:

    Can i use shutter priority mode for flash photography?

  3. frederik walle says:

    Hmmm weird my comment disappeared. I’m keeping my camera for more shots maybe 5-10k more but I do think the d3200 is missing many features like bracketing and high speed sync.. also not so good with high iso (800 seams to be pushing it) btw I watched all your videos 🙂

  4. PhotographersOnUTube says:

    No, I shoot with Nikon D3s but remember these are beginner tutorials so I am assuming they’re shooting with D3100 or T2i. The last thing I want to tell them is to shoot at ISO4000 like I do in big Churches using a full frame sensor camera. Teaching is an art my friend. 🙂

  5. Randell John says:

    Max ISO 640 – You must be a Sony user. 🙂

  6. cwalt2166 says:

    the decreased shutter speed increases the amount of ambient light hitting the sensor. This increases the overall exposure. The rule of thumb holds true – shutter speed and flash power are independent

  7. Eddie Lalduhsaka says:


  8. PhotographersOnUTube says:

    Off camera flash photography for when you cannot bounce light off the ceiling. 

  9. Eddie Lalduhsaka says:

    what will i do if the ceiling is too high for bouncing flash, like in a massive hall

  10. PhotographersOnUTube says:

    Reread what you wrote and get some sleep brother. Have a great day!

  11. johan bauwens says:

    that’s what i said. 🙂

  12. PhotographersOnUTube says:

    I’m not going to argue with you but you’re wrong. It’s not even science or technical stuff. It’s basic math. 125 is faster than 80.

  13. johan bauwens says:

    From 1/125th of a sec to 1/80th of a sec is not dropping, but increasing your shutter speed

  14. PhotographersOnUTube says:

    Thank you, Sandy. I’m glad you found the videos helpful. By the way you owe me some thumbs UP on my flash videos. 😛

  15. Sandy Baker says:

    I just want to tell you I have been struggling with flash for months trying to learn the best way to shoot a wedding. I would go back and forth with TTL and TTLBL and it just wouldn’t stick in my brain until….your videos and explaining how much easier it is in manual. Thank you for making something that sounds so complicated into simplicity!!

  16. jjdphotography says:

    Really great explanation! I learn a lot from your vids! TY!

  17. PhotographersOnUTube says:

    Whatever my regular flash exposure is.. it works. I’ve shot as low as 1/60 and froze the motion with no problem at all.

  18. Ty Walter says:

    What about when your subject is moving, like a wedding reception where everyone is dancing. Does your flash need to be at a certain power to stop action? Ive taken photos with flashing hoping to stop movement with no luck. Any help?

  19. PhotographersOnUTube says:

    Try my facebook page as well. Youtube doesn’t allow to post links and limits on character.

  20. PhotographersOnUTube says:

    If you want the entire card to be very sharp then you need to do focus stacking. It’s not an easy process for a beginner and an expensive setup as well for anyone just starting out. You can google focus stacking and it would give you an idea. OR you can try using high f/stop value like f/11 and use tripod so there is no camera shake. Just make sure you have good light. Difficult thing to photograph.

  21. ovni1968 says:

    : Hi – I am photographing cards and i need to showcase their details. Thanks!

  22. PhotographersOnUTube says:

    Thanks! What kind of object are we talking? You could set up a tripod and that solves the slow shutter issue. You can try multiple exposures and see which ones you like the best. Also, it depends on what you’re looking for. Sometimes flash can ruin an image if you’re looking for a very warm look with amber tone in the picture.

  23. ovni1968 says:

    Thanks for your tips! I take photos of still life so this has help a lot. I got really confused between aperture, shutter speed, ISO… it has started to make more sense. Any tips on shooting still objects in dim light. I usually shoot my stuff at night due to time constraints. Thanks!

  24. PhotographersOnUTube says:

    The link is in the description. Just click on it. You’re going to need a speedlight if you’re shooting indoors.

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