Nikon Flash FAQ

Frequentely asked questions about Nikon flash.

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Doesn't Slow/Rear Sync cause blurred shots?

Yes and no. 

When you shoot with flash, there are two exposures going on: (1) the flash exposure on the subject, and (2) the background exposure. If flash is the main source of light, a stationary subject lit by it should always be sharp, as the slowest Nikon flash duration is about 1/830 of a second. 

The background, however, very well may go soft or get blurred by poor handholding technique or subject movement. Many photographers have learned to use this to their advantage—there's one style of flash that uses very long shutter speeds and panning/zooming/tilting to purposefully blur the background yet still use the flash to "freeze" the subject.

When the "balance" of light is split between ambient and flash, subject motion can create blurred edges.

Can you make flash simple for me?

How do I set Standard TTL on consumer Nikon DSLRs?

Should I keep the white card out when I bounce flash?

What's your recommended flash mode?

My handheld meter doesn't seem to work right with flash

Why is -1.7 stops the right flash compensation value?

My flash is firing randomly. Why?

Does AF Assist on the SB-800 work with wide angle lenses?

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