I’ve been in­spired by your Teach Your­self Flash se­ries, but I’m not sure how to al­ter the power set­tings in my SB-800 flash­gun?

An­drew South­well, via email

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Ja­son says… It’s fair to say “they don’t make them like that any more”. The Nikon SB-800 is a pow­er­ful, pro-grade flash­gun but it’s not par­tic­u­larly in­tu­itive, es­pe­cially com­pared with the SB-900 that re­placed it. Even so, ad­just­ing the power out­put is rea­son­ably straight­for­ward, based as it is on press­ing the top or bot­tom of the four­way pad, marked with + and - signs. This will ap­ply pos­i­tive or neg­a­tive flash ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion in au­to­matic modes, or al­ter the out­put power be­tween 1/1 (full power) and 1/128th (min­i­mum power) in man­ual flash mode. First press the SEL (Se­lect) but­ton at the cen­tre of the four-way pad to high­light the flash out­put level dis­play.

In TTL-BL (Through The Lens – Bal­anced Light) auto ex­po­sure flash mode, the flash­gun doesn’t over­power am­bi­ent light­ing, but re­sults can lack bright­ness, so you might want to switch to TTL mode or ap­ply pos­i­tive flash ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion.

If your cam­era fea­tures a flash but­ton and a sub -com­mand dial at the rear, you can use these as a short­cut for ad­just­ing the power set­ting

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