|Basic Flash settings for Bird Photography
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|Author:||Landon Starnes [ Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:14 pm ]|
|Post subject:||Basic Flash settings for Bird Photography|
Yesterday I received my Canon 580EX II flash and am now looking for some advice on basic settings to set for photographing birds in overcast light and such. I have seen so many great images here on NSN where flash was used but you could barely tell becuase it looked so natural! So I want to try and achieve that look. I also ordered a Better Beamer from the NSN store and it should be here any day.
Any advice on using the flash or resources to read would be appreciated!
Thanks in advance for your help!
|Author:||ajhand [ Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:53 pm ]|
It's hard to give exact settings because individual cameras and flash units vary. What works best for My 1DII and 550 EX won't work the same with m 1DIII and 580EX. But for a basic bird on a stick on a cloudy dark day, I shoot AV and might dial in minus 2/3 stop compensation on both camera and flash. If that looks too flashed I'll cut back on the flash another 1/3 stop, and probably go to only minus 1/3 for the camera setting. It's basically trial and error, but somewhere in that range.
|Author:||DonS [ Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:15 pm ]|
As AJ said, you will want to shoot some test shots. You may find anywhere from -2/3 to -1 2/3 is good for your subjects on a particular day. For the Better Beamer, the zoom should be manually set for 50mm.
I shoot in manual and then examine both histograms. Sometimes the RGB histogram will show a blue or red channel overexposed, yet the luminosity histogram will show everything fine. If your camera body will allow you to display both histograms in the review mode, you may find it helpful.
|Author:||Steve Ting [ Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:07 pm ]|
|Post subject:||Re: Basic Flash settings for Bird Photography|
You've already received some good advice, but I thought I'd add a few more thoughts.
I would recommend shooting with your camera in manual mode. This will give you more consistent exposures with the flash. It's often a good idea to take a few test shots before turning the flash on to check your in camera exposure. Then turn on the flash. There are two ways to set your flash for fill flash.
The above settings are for fill flash. If your subject is in the shade and background is in the sun, or similar light scenario then you will be using Flash as Main Light.
When shooting with Flash as Main Light
For more reading try the following articles in the NS archives
High Speed Sync
Another very useful resource for learning flash is Strobist. While the site is devoted to off camera flash, the principles and techniques discussed are very informative.
|Author:||Landon Starnes [ Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:10 pm ]|
Thanks for the excellent suggestions guys! I will just play around and experiment until I get things right. Thanks again!
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