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What the heck is FP High Speed Sync?

The simple question of “how do I set a faster shutter speed whilst using a flash” led me to discover FP High Speed Sync on my camera (just called High Speed Sync with Canon).  Have you ever been looking at a scene, switched on your flash and had your camera dramatically over expose a photo or change your carefully selected aperture?  If the answer is yes, then you need to know about High Speed Sync.

What is FP or High Speed Sync Mode? Continue reading

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Fun Technique: Time to Get Flashy

By Jack Berglund

In this second in the series of fun techniques, you’ll be having so much fun you won’t realize I’ve tricked you into learning what rear sync flash is and how to use it.

Getting this effect is surprisingly simple, by setting your camera up correct and zooming whilst the shot is being taken. You’ll get the best results with a dedicated flash although you can have a crack with the one on your camera also with more mixed results.

First the ‘How’

The ‘why’ comes later, its more fun that way and as fun is in the title, we’re all about fun today:

  1. Set your flash to rear sync (sometimes called second-curtain) mode *see the note below if you’re unsure how to do this
  2. In manual mode, set your shutter speed to something around 1/2s – 1 s and your aperture close to wide open.
  3. The slower you go with the shutter speed the more pronounced affects you can get and the more time you have to apply the affect.
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Why You Need a Dedicated Flash

By Jack Berglund
With the aid of my trusty model and some fruit, I will demonstrate why you need to stop using your built in flash and get a dedicated unit.

Built in camera flash:

A magnificent recreation of the deer in headlights effect. Unless this is the look you’re going for, this is not good.

Dedicated flash pointed at a white ceiling:

Bouncing of the ceiling has two advantages. The light is not coming directly from the camera which helps avoid the deer in headlights look and the light is much more diffuse leading to softer shadows. Both of these are things are good. Continue reading

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