Us­ing a strobe with your com­pact can give you great re­sults, if you learn to use your man­ual set­tings in a way that suits your cam­era

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Ask a big cam­era pro­fes­sional about han­dling man­ual set­tings with your strobe and he’s al­most sure to tell you to cap your shut­ter be­tween 1/160s and 1/250s.

As most pro­fes­sion­als to­day work with DSLRs, the com­pact cam­era new­comer is al­most sure to be mis­in­formed in this way when seek­ing help.

But you need to re­mem­ber a few im­por­tant things:

A) DSLRs can tune their aper­tures to over f/30 while a high per­for­mance com­pact cam­era’s max­i­mum ranges from f/8–11. B) While a DSLR’s mir­ror sys­tem lim­its it flash sync to a shut­ter speed of 1/200s–1/320s (de­pend­ing on the cam­era), a com­pact can shoot with a strobe up to 1/2000s.

Tak­ing the given mis­in­for­ma­tion and ap­ply­ing a 1/250s shut­ter speed at f/8 on your com­pact cam­era and strobe in mid­day sun, will give you a green or ugly blue back­ground. Re­turn­ing to your “teacher”, he’ll tell you to up­grade to a DSLR be­cause it al­lows you to shoot way over f/8.

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