Question about using flash

Discussion in 'General flash photography, lighting, and technique' started by taat2d, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. taat2d

    taat2d

    Sep 28, 2007
    NYC
    Is there a way to get my SB600 to recycle quicker when using my D200 set for CH? Is there any way to get the flash to fire when taking 3-4 quick shots? Everytime I do this with the flash, the flash only fires for the first shot taken. Is this how it HAS to be?
     
  2. The problem occurs when the flash is firing at high power that depletes its charge in the first few shots. The strobe doesn't have any time to recharge during a burst. Try setting the flash in manual at 1/8 power. Then you should be able to fire a burst of 5 to 6 flash shots without much of a dropoff. I just tried it, and got 7 good shots in continuous high mode.
     
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  3. jfrancis

    jfrancis

    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    Alternatively, you can attach a Quantum (or similar) external battery pack. But beware - you can fry the flash if you are not careful. They are not designed for rapid fire at full power.
     
  4. taat2d

    taat2d

    Sep 28, 2007
    NYC
    Frank, John thanx for those tips!!
     
  5. You can also increase ISO to reduce the flash output and increase recycle time.
     
  6. taat2d

    taat2d

    Sep 28, 2007
    NYC
    Doing that will get 3-4 shots quickly with flash?
     
  7. jshurak

    jshurak

    39
    Aug 14, 2008
    Philadelphia
    this is more or less how it works. Your flash builds up a charge in the........can't think of the term (temporary brain cloud!) anyway, when you turn flash on you can here the thing wind up building a charge. It stores a set amount of energy to be used as output. Once this cache is depleted, it recharges. The more power you use in each fire the faster the energy gets depleted.

    By increasing the ISO (or opening the aperture) you can decrease the power emitted from your flash. Each stop increase in ISO or aperture, you need half the flash power to get the same exposure. So, by increasing ISO or opening the aperture, you can decrease the power setting on the flash thus reserving some of that stored energy for multiple bursts
     

  8. Is this like Jeopardy?

    If so, my response is... what is a capacitor?

    Did I win, did I win? :866:
     
  9. jshurak

    jshurak

    39
    Aug 14, 2008
    Philadelphia
    :biggrin: towards the end of writing that I thought it might be the capacitor!