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Apr 08, 2019 17:58 |  #1

I have a Nissin Di622 mark2 flash. I used to use it for flowers in the garden and for macro work. I've read Bryan Peterson's book about understanding flash and how to use shutter speed and aperture to affect the degree to what's lit up.

I haven't used the flash in about two years so feel pretty rusty with it. My family wants me to take some photos this weekend and my sister wants me to photograph her wedding this Fall.

I don't want to be messing around with settings for either case so am wondering what I should know about shooting the flash in auto. I typically shoot my camera in manual mode and according to the book that came with the flash I can shoot manual but have the flash as auto. I suppose the shutter speed and aperture would have the same effect as if the flash was in manual?..

I noticed if I put my camera in aperture mode and auto ISO that it stays at ISO 400 which sometimes causes too long of a shutter speed. Is there a way to have auto ISO work as normal in AV when using flash?

I was also reading about shooting flash with the camera in full auto (green square) but don't like the idea of the camera doing everything including focus points.

Any tips for a rusty flash user would be appreciated!


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Apr 08, 2019 20:12 |  #2

Tip one: Don't do your sister's wedding. Tell her to hire an experienced wedding photographer.

You're welcome.

That is all.

:-)


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Apr 08, 2019 21:06 |  #3

ptcanon3ti wrote in post #18842671 (external link)
Tip one: Don't do your sister's wedding. Tell her to hire an experienced wedding photographer.

You're welcome.

That is all.

:-)

Seems like good advice.

lol

I shoot manual camera and ETTL ceiling bounce with a smallish card for on the go stuff and like the results. Base exposure should be a little underexposed.


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Apr 08, 2019 23:41 |  #4

The simply solution is


  1. Pick your ISO and manually set it, one which accomodates #2
  2. Shutter speed no higher than X-sync speed, and use of a lens aperture which gives you ambient light exposure with DOF control that you wish (shallow vs. deep)
  3. then turn on xTTL flash in xTTL mode
  4. then aim and focus and shoot


Auto ISO behavior in your camera is confounding things for you, by setting itself for ISO 400 and then choosing a slow shutter speed.
There is no feature/control in Auto ISO which is likely to fix your issue, apart from (maybe in your camera model) being able to set a low shutter speed limit.

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Apr 08, 2019 23:53 |  #5

Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #18842689 (external link)
Seems like good advice.

lol

I shoot manual camera and ETTL ceiling bounce with a smallish card for on the go stuff and like the results. Base exposure should be a little underexposed.

This. Controlling your camera settings and use ttl is the best way to go.


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Apr 09, 2019 03:04 as a reply to  @ ptcanon3ti's post |  #6

Good advice. I agree. :-)


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Apr 10, 2019 17:36 |  #7

shane_c wrote in post #18842601 (external link)
I have a Nissin Di622 mark2 flash. I used to use it for flowers in the garden and for macro work. I've read Bryan Peterson's book about understanding flash and how to use shutter speed and aperture to affect the degree to what's lit up.

That book sucks.

Just me, but do yourself a favor and hit Neil van Nierkerk's Tangents website (external link). If you like it, maybe grab his book, Direction and Quality of Light. I also like Syl Arena's Lighting for Digital Photography.

Also, on the 80D, there's a flash menu setting for Flash Synchronization speed in Av mode (external link). That may come in handy for the too-slow-shutter-speed situation.


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