Be more cen­tred

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For off-cen­tre por­traits, zoom in and fill as much of the cen­tral re­gion of the frame as pos­si­ble with the sub­ject’s face, then press the Flash value lock but­ton be­fore zoom­ing out and re­com­pos­ing the shot to avoid flash ex­po­sure in­ac­cu­racy.

Faster re­cy­cling

Af­ter a flash, most flash­guns re­cy­cle to a state of readi­ness more quickly if fit­ted with NiMH rather than al­ka­line bat­ter­ies.

Ex­tra power

Some flash­guns have a power in­put socket for con­nect­ing an op­tional ex­ter­nal power pack. This lets you shoot for longer be­fore need­ing to swap bat­ter­ies.

Softer light­ing

The Gloxy, Nissin MG8000 and both Nikon flash­guns on test come with dif­fu­sion domes, which soften the light. For other makes and mod­els, domes like the Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce are avail­able separately.

The re­peat, or strobe, fea­ture avail­able in some flash­guns en­ables the flash to fire sev­eral times within the same ex­po­sure, for ex­am­ple plot­ting the progress of a bounc­ing ball.

Cam­era con­trols

Flash modes like red-eye re­duc­tion, slow-sync and rearcur­tain, as well as flash ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion, can be ad­justed via con­trols on the cam­era body.

Com­pen­sa­tion

Flash ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion only al­ters the strength of the flash and there­fore works in­de­pen­dently of the cam­era’s reg­u­lar ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion. Use both to fine-

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