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Old 18-01-2009, 12:56   #1 (permalink)
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Problem: My little boy keeps moving!

I want to utilize a faster flash speed than the set 1/60th in Aperture Priority Mode, but 1/60th seems the fastest I can get. I have auto FP set to on but I think this may only relate to the onboard flash? Can I get a faster flash speed in Av mode?
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Re: Nikon D80, SB-600 & Auto FP

You can but you can't control it, the camera can decide when it's necessary - i.e. a lot of ambient light.

Set to manual mode and set your aperture and shutter speed as necessary. The flash will take care of exposing.

Ignore the shutter speed in terms of exposing your subject. It has 0 effect. However the aperture can have an effect. I.E. if it's too small the flash won't be able to pump out enough light. To get round this you can add more flashes, get closer to your subject, bump up the iso or use a larger aperture - it all depends on your situation.
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Re: Nikon D80, SB-600 & Auto FP

As OP says - the shutter speed is not relevant when using flash, the duration of the flash being so brief that it ought to freeze any movement. It only becomes relevent if you want to expose for any areas in the shot that are outside of the flash range.

Bear in mind that when in P or A mode the camera will set 1/60 by default when you attach a sppedlight. This can be changed in the menus, I think it is under 'slowest shutter speed' or something like that. You could use S mode and use faster speeds if you want to give that a go, and there is a high speed sync menu option(?) that is intended (I think) for when using fill flash outdoors. This will be 1/320.

You could also try off camera flash using your built in flash as a commander. Years ago I used to put a flash (or two) on tripods and hand held the camera when tying to get shots of my twins
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Re: Nikon D80, SB-600 & Auto FP

Thanks guys. You made more sense to me in a couple of posts than a couple of hours trawling the net!
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