Join Levi Sim for an in-depth discussion in this video What is sync speed and how do I adjust it?, part of Flash Photography: Canon Speedlites.
- Your camera's shutter needs to be in sync with the flash.…It's like a curtain, and one half opens…and then the other half closes across the picture.…The flash needs to fire when the whole shutter is open,…otherwise you'll end up with a portion of the picture…that is unlit by the flash.…Cameras vary, but most have a flash-sync speed…of 1/160th of a second to 1/250th of a second.…That means that any speed up to and including the sync speed…will have the whole frame lit when the flash fires.…
Your camera menu tells you what the speed is.…In your camera menu, just go into Flash control,…and remember, I've set that under the My Menu tab.…Go in there, and then scroll down to Flash sync. speed.…I'm in Aperture Value mode, so that's what it's showing me,…but right here, I'll see that 1/250th of a second…is the maximum flash-sync speed for this camera.…That means 1/250th of a second is the fastest shutter speed…I can use and still have my flash…illuminate the entire frame.…
So, flash sync means that, when the shutter opens,…
You'll also find out how to set up your Canon camera itself to make the most of the speedlight—one of the most liberating photography tools you can buy. Levi Sim helps you master the controls, including the camera and flash modes, flash modifiers, and accessories, and creative options offered by a speedlight: soft light, hard light, and bounced light. By the end of this course, you'll be able to make great light in any situation with your speedlight. If you don't have one yet, you'll understand just what model is best for your needs and what features you'll use the most.
- Why use a speedlight?
- Powering a speedlight
- Choosing the right camera mode
- Choosing the right flash modes
- Using flash modifiers
- Creating soft and hard light
- Accessing Commander mode
- Positioning the flash off camera
- Using an iTTL extension cord
- Extending battery life
- Controlling ambient light
- Using speedlights with third-party radio triggers
Skill Level Intermediate
1. An Overview of Speedlites
2. Quick Start
Speedlite menus and controls4m 40s
3. Taking Control of a Speedlite
4. Controlling and Shaping the Light
5. The Camera as Commander
6. Using Off-Camera Flash
7. Shooting with Speedlites and Workflow Tips
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