Flash on Nikon D3100

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Posted 6/22/2012 by Reidsmommy222 in General Photography

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Posted: 6/22/2012 2:45:44 PM
I have an SB 600 and I know the Nikon D3100 doesn't have FP sync-high speed sync (i think that's the term), so it won't go higher than 1/200 when shooting with flash. I was just trying to find a tutorial specifically for that camera so I can learn how to use the flash outside if that's even possible. I've practiced and all the photos are getting blown out. I have a diffuser on it as well. Does anybody know how to get it to work on a D3100 outside or know of a site that has a good explanation on how to use it?

Is it easier on a professional body? I want to upgrade to either Nikon D700/800 or Canon 5D Mark III in the future once I am able to afford one.

Thanks so much!!


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Posted: 6/22/2012 3:28:23 PM
When using a flash outdoors for "fill flash" you need to drop your iso as low as you can and use a smaller aperture (bigger number) You can also dial down your flash unit (unless it is a really cheap model) so that it only puts out 1/3 power instead of full power.

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Posted: 6/25/2012 1:26:21 PM
I don't know about a tutorial, but here is what should help:

On the back of your SB-600 there is a + (plus) and a - (minus) button. (This works if you first set your flash to "manual" by pressing the "mode" button. The letter "M" then appears in the window.)

Press the minus button and take your flash down to -0.3 or -0.7. Either of those might give you more of the look you want.

I have both the SB-600 and SB-800 and I routinely set the flash lower than "0" in many situations to avoid overexposures.

I have the older D50 and D300 and I also sometimes set my camera exposure itself lower than 0 to avoid overexposures. I'm not sure if there is a way to do that on the D3100, but I'm guessing there is. My brother has that model and I will take a look next time I see him because I am curious myself!

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