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Camera Settings for Off Camera Flash

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This episode gives tips to which camera settings are best for using strobes or speedlights. Shooting in manual mode, having the right shutter speed, and using a low ISO will help give you the better end results and prevent those black lines across your image.


  • 0:25- Off camera lighting
  • 1:00- Sync speed
  • 2:45- Applying this when using flashes
  • 4:20- Best sync speed range to use
  • 4:40- White balance settings
  • 6:15-  Shooting in manual mode
  • 7:10- Aperture, ISO, and shutter speed settings
  • 9:15- Radio transmitters

Camera Settings

Your camera only sees what’s going on without the flashes, so it can’t predict white balance or appropriate shutter speed. Using a custom white balance, or the flash setting, is better than using auto.

Manual or aperture priority mode is important because you can’t rely on the meter in your camera, it will only measure the ambient Light. Make sure to use a low ISO (100 or 200 if you can) and a shutter speed close to 1/125. A Light meter is great to tell you exactly what your aperture will be set to, and you can then adjust the power of your Lights if its too high or too low.

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