Fum­bling flash set­tings

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If you’re us­ing fill-flash out­doors and find that your pic­tures are com­ing out too bright, then it’s likely that ei­ther you’re too close to the sub­ject or the shut­ter speed re­quired to ex­pose the shot cor­rectly ex­ceeds the flash sync speed (the fastest shut­ter speed that flash can be used with – typ­i­cally 1/200 sec). Switch­ing to a smaller aper­ture is of­ten the eas­i­est way to fix this prob­lem. The aper­ture con­trols the flash ex­po­sure, with smaller aper­tures re­duc­ing the flash ex­po­sure.

On very bright days, this may mean that you end up us­ing a smaller aper­ture than you’d like, bring­ing more of a scene into fo­cus. In this sit­u­a­tion, fit a stan­dard ND fil­ter to your lens; this will let you use large aper­tures with­out over-ex­pos­ing.

1/200 sec at f/2.2, ISO 200

1/200 sec at f/9, ISO 200

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