Shutter Speeds and Flashes

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  1. guitarlp

    guitarlp TPF Noob!

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    I've been playing around lately with my new flash 430EX I think it is... and I've been adjusting the shutter speed to see the different shots I can create.

    By Default I think the camera usually chooses a shutter speed of 1/60. I tried this and it looks the best color wise. When I jumped up to 1/500 the image looked a little sharper but the colors weren't as vibrant (skin tones became lighter instead of looking natural).

    Is there a set rule like 1/60 is (in most cases) the best shutter speed to use when using a flash? When you guys/gals use a camera flash or shoe mounted flash what do you normally set your shutter speed to and why?

    All if this is when the camera is hand held and indoors.
     
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    This is all about balance.

    A flash burst is only about 1/1000s long, so at 1/60s you're allowing plenty of time for the camera to capture the natural lighting and end up using less of the flash, or it's averaged out more. At 1/500s you're using far more of the flash's power and relatively less ambient lighting which will change the look of your photos.

    When shooting indoors, I use 1/125s simply because 1/60s is still too slow to capture my 9 month old who doesn't know to hold still. And that still gives a nice ambient light look to the photos and doesn't look flashy, which I hate. For adult people shots who might be posing as a group, 1/60s is fine.
     
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    I know that story. I have a 6yr old who can't hold still either......:D
     

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