Question about speedlight..

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    I just got my new speedlight on Friday and I already see the benefits (I've been getting advice on another thread.) Anyway, here's the question. Since the light doesn't come on until I hit the shutter it makes the exposure meter not very useful. There is a "portrait testing" sort of mode so you can judge shadows but whats the best way to gauge exposure settings prior to making the image? Experiment and find a satisfactory histogram? Start with auto type settings and see what the camera comes up with? Hold the test button?

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    The best way? An exposure meter that will read strobes. The second best way? Experience and knowing how to use the guide numbers. The third best way (the way I do it)? Test shots ;)
     
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    Head over to the Strobist Blog, especially Lighting 101; lots of good information there.
     
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    Thanks for the info...I've just started going though the strobist material..and yes so far it's been test shots...
     
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    Light meter or test shots.
     
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    What speedlight?

    Yes, some Nikon speedlights have a 'modeling light' mode.

    No doubt, reading your speedlights user's manual is a good way to find out what features, functions, and capabilities the unit has available for you to use.
     

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