1/500th flash syn - give some examples

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  1. NateS

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    As the title says. My camera has flash sync speeds up to 1/500th of a second which a lot of people seem to see as a selling feature for the D70 and and D40 series. So, can people post some examples of where 1/500th flash would be useful. I'm thinking of maybe outdoors to where the subject is lit and the sky/backgound is darker, but would like some idea's so I can get creative with it.

    I have an SB-600 + Stofen by the way.
     
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    I think it's more advantageous when you have bright sunlight and you want to add fill flash to eliminate harsh shadows...but I have yet to practice with this myself so don't hold me to that.
     
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    Dunno I'm not that sold. 1/250th does the job for me:
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    I'm with Marcus. If you are shooting in bright sunlight and want/need to use a fast shutter speed but need the flash as well then 1/500 would be nice to have. My D200 is 1/250 and that's always been more than enough when I need both speed & a flash ....
     
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    A couple of weeks ago I shot a wedding on a beach in California at about 2PM on a cloudless day...I would've killed for a 1/500th sync speed.
     
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    1/500th makes it easier to block out the sun without using more flash power and it's easier for freezing fast action without halos.


    this is about 3 in the afternoon, outside.
    [​IMG]


    Good example of action, strobe is at camera right.
    [​IMG]

    Another action example, this guy was going past me pretty quick, and I was only a few feet from him, so there's alot of camera movement. 1/500th blocked out the sun (for the most part, you can see ambient in the background) and was fast enough to freeze him. 1/250th at ISO 100 would mean the strobes would need to have twice as much power and as for the image above, there could be a black halo around him from motion blur.


    2 strobes, one at camera left, another at camera right for fill.
    [​IMG]


    oh, and these were done using SB-600's with Nikon's CLS
     
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    Thanks for the tips and awesome examples Sw1tchFX. I'm going to definitely play around with the useful feature of my camera.
     
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    [​IMG]

    This was 1000th sec flash sync with a window as a background in daylight.....
     
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    I love the 1/500th sync speed on my d1h. Great for action sports.
     
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    I agree, for freezing stuff thats moving fast you need it, especially if you cant get an angle thats away from the sun.

    For slower stuff you can always use a ND, or stack with a polarizer if the mood dictates.

    They have to do some amazing tricks to shoot some of those high speed shots of things breaking and stuff...amazing stuff
     
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    Sw1tch gots the sweet pix.... nice flickr man...
     

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