Dance acad­emy

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

Slow slync flash might sound com­pli­cated, but you just have to take it one step at a time...

01 Fade to black

Put up a plain back­drop and turn on your con­tin­u­ous light. Keep your ISO at 200, and your shut­ter speed at roughly 4 secs. Ex­per­i­ment with the time, though, as what works will de­pend on how fast the dancer moves. An aper­ture of f/10 will give you a good depth of field.

02 Take re­mote con­trol

We set our cam­era on a tri­pod and used the Nikon WMU app on our smart­phone to view the scene and trig­ger the shut­ter. Not all bod­ies have this con­nec­tiv­ity – if yours doesn’t, you could use a re­mote shut­ter release or your cam­era’s self-timer to avoid cam­era shake.

03 Go wire­less

Put the flash on a light stand with a wire­less re­ceiver at­tached (we used a Pock­etwizard Flex TT5). Put the wire­less trig­ger on your cam­era. Aim the flash at the right-hand end of the frame, and the con­tin­u­ous light, floor lamp or desk lamp at the left-hand end.

04 Raise the cur­tain

To set your cam­era to rear-cur­tain sync, press the flash but­ton on your cam­era body and scroll the wheel un­til it dis­plays: REAR and the flash sym­bol. Not all bod­ies are the same, so check your man­ual if you get stuck (you may find it’s in the menu on your cam­era).

05 Strike a bal­ance

You’ll need to bal­ance the two lights (con­tin­u­ous and flash), so turn them on one at a time, start­ing with the con­tin­u­ous light. Once you’re happy with the ef­fect of this ‘am­bi­ent’ light, turn it off and do the same with the flash, ad­just­ing the power man­u­ally as needed.

06 Get danc­ing!

Once you’re all set up, it’s time to get danc­ing. Have your dancer move from left to right across the frame, and try to time the ex­po­sure so that it starts when they are at the left of the frame, and ends when they get to the far right. You may need to ex­per­i­ment with shut­ter speed.

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