Today, a quick but important (and as far as I can tell, pretty unique) TTL flash tip.
So you want to know if you can do a certain shot? TTL outdoors is fighting against the sun. Do you have enough power to do the shot? It’s always a battle.
You can of course fire a test shot. If the flashed area is dark, try exposure compensation, maybe. Or spot metering, or using FEL (flash lock). Or rely on the LCD display on your flash to tell you the expected distance. All very time consuming and uncertain. What if I just want to know “do I have enough power in my flash to do this shot” and then if yes, figure it out from there?
I am glad you asked.
- Set your camera to highlight review mode (“blinkies” on)
- Set your flash to MANUAL
- Set power on the flash to FULL (100%, a.k.a. 1/1)
- Take the shot!
Now you know:
- Blinkies means yes, you have enough power. Turn the flash back to TTL and go from there.
- No blinkies means that however you compensate or meter, nothing you can do. Get closer, or increase your ISO, and try again.
Simple, innit? This trick has saved me countless times.
Tricks like this one, and many more, is what you will learn in Las Vegas next week, and in Mono, Ontario the week after. Come join me and David Honl in Vegas and me and Jospeh Marranca in Mono to learn more!