TTL Fill Flash Question

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Justin F. Knotzke, Jul 21, 2004.

  1. Hi,

    I own a Nikon F5 and a SB 28 and I've been reading the manuals and googling
    for answers and I shot about 5 rolls last night at a bike race and I just want
    to make sure I have a few assumptions correct.

    The following are all when the flash is in TTL Fill Flash mode.

    1) When the camera is in Manual mode, the meter tells me if the shot will
    be underexposed or overexposed. I assume that this is only if I want a balance
    of flash and natural light? If for instance I underexpose in manual mode, will
    the flash take up the slack and expose correctly whatever is in the flash's
    range and the rest will be much darker?

    2) When the camera is in Aperture Priority mode, as I close down the
    aperture, shutter speeds drop to the point where they become too slow. Is this
    because in "A" mode the camera and flash are only showing me what
    speed/flash/aperture settings are available to have a natural balance of flash
    and natural light?

    I'll have more questions later about the flash's priority mode and manual
    mode but I want to read the manual some more first.

    Now, given that my assumtions are correct, and you are shooting at dusk or
    during the day and need some fill flash, what mode do you normally shoot in?
    Manual or Aperture Priority? Without a flash, I normally shoot in A mode. I
    find Manual to be too tricky because in the case of a bike race, I can't
    really meter on the riders first since A) I don't have time and B) The same
    group won't fly by the second time as the first so my meter settings will have

    Anyhow, I shot different rolls using different settings at different
    settings and labelled them all. I'll soup the rolls sometime this week.

    Another question. If you are shooting in a dimly lit room, what mode do you
    shoot in? In Aperture Priority mode, the shutter speeds are always too slow. I
    assume everyone shoots in manual mode at this point?

    Thanks for all the answers.

    Justin F. Knotzke, Jul 21, 2004
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