Learn Some Basic Digital Flash Photography Techniques The
Watch the video below and learn some of the basics of digital
flash photography. The video introduces camera
shutters, Key Shifting and Sync speed.
The shutter in a digital camera adjusts
the time during which the image sensor collects the light from the
lens. It is made up of two light-blocking curtains that move in tandem
the image sensor with a small gap between them.
The curtains travel at a fixed speed and the width of the gap
determines the effective exposure time. This is known as the shutter
Sync speed, also known as xsync, is the
shutter speed on your camera that allows the first curtain to fully
open before the second curtain begins to follow.
i.e. It’s the fastest shutter speed you
can use with a flash. You can find the sync speed for your particular
camera in the user manual.
A good tip when using a flash is to set the shutter speed to your
camera sync speed or slower. Key Shifting
is a term used when you mix
ambient light with flash light in a picture.
It’s the name given to the process of using your shutter to show more
or less ambient light by either slowing down the shutter or speeding it
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