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  1. Hi Michael, your flash work is very good!You have some good tips here. I shoot manual flash for evnets which takes care of some of the TTL problems. Most people unfortunately think it is way harder and way more work than it really is. I must disagree though! It requires practice but with digital you learn quickly .The benefits are of course tighter exposures and less post work. So instead of riding the FEC, I ride the flash power setting. Just as you learn when and how much FEC to use to get tighter TTL exposures, you learn how much flash power you need and you get better and faster at guesstimating. When entering a new lighting scenario my first flash shot is usually within one stop and the second shot is spot on. Since subject reflectivity is of no importance you can shoot a test shot and know that at the same distance the subject will be properly exposed regardless of how you compose.Straight on flash is the most sensitive to distance but in reality you bounce a lot more at least when possible. Then the power setting don’t change as much when the distance from camera to subject changes. Usually bounced flash power will stay in a pretty tight range say from 1/8 to 1/2 power with an occasional dip to 1/16 or so. An added advantage of shooting manual flash is that you can keep 100% control over recycling speed since it’s directly related to flash power.I just wanted to leave a comment to encourage people to try shooting manual flash even in fast moving scenarios. It’s not impossible and actually a lot of fun!

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