Slow Sync Flash Explained

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

What Is Slow on the uptake Sync Flash?

Slow sync flash combines a burst of flash with a slow shutter speed. On compact cameras slow sync flash is day in and day out known as night mode and you can't control the speed of the shutter or the strength of the flash but you can with a DSLR. If you're working with a DSLR you'll indubitably find you have rear curtain sync and front curtain sync options among the various flash modes available, although some camera copies don't have this option so do check your manual. 


Why Do I Need It?

Slow Sync Flash can be used to:

  • Capture cases in low
  • Shoot action shots / capture movement


Do I Need A Tripod?

When working with slow shutter speeds a tripod is urged, however rear or front curtain sync can create some interesting backgrounds when you work hand-held, particularly when taking your photos in an field with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel various light sources as the flash will freeze your subject in place while the long exposure will blur the fall ons into an interesting mix of colour.


What's The Difference Between Rear And Front?

Rear curtain sync tells your camera to bombardment the flash just before the photograph is finished exposing. As you pan, this creates a long trail but a nice, crisp shot of your subject. Exterior curtain fires the flash at the beginning of the exposure then the shutter remains open, continuing to record the ambient light. As a result, your dead ringers will appear differently depending on which method you choose.

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How Does It Help With Action Shots?

Your camera's hasten can provide a burst of light in a split second that will highlight your subject may refer to. However, if you're trying to capture a moving liegeman, the flash will freeze them in their tracks and all sense of movement will be lost. However, by combining a slow shutter speed with a pop of suggestion, you can create a sense of action through blur but still have your subject sharp too.

It's ideal for capturing action shots of bikes or heaps moving, although it can be used to capture creative shots of any scene which has a moving subject in the foreground. Try using it next time you're photographing your boy playing on a swing, for example. If you find there's blur in front of your subject rather than behind, you need to select construct curtain sync so that the ambient blur exposure is captured before the flash fires. This results in a more natural looking buckshot where the blurred streak follows your subject who will be sharp thanks to the flash firing just before the exposure ends. 

You lack to give your subject time to move through the frame to give the slower shutter speed time to blur their movement up front the pop of flash at the end of the exposure will leave them sharp. It's also worth perfecting your panning technique before you start examining with this technique so your pan stays smooth and straight. You also need to ensure your panning speed is correct. For eg, shoot too slow and you'll see the trail but it'll merge/blur into the background. Too fast and everything freezes.

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How Can It Help In Low Light?

When photographing people in low insignificant you can try and use flash or you can turn your flash flashes, or The Flash may refer to off and use slower shutter speeds to capture enough light to create a well-exposed image.

If you're using your camera's built-in minute your subject can often take on the 'rabbit in the head lights' look thanks to the bright flash illuminating them but run off the background dark. If you go for the slow shutter speed option you're fine if you're working with a street performer whose occupation is to be a human icon but for anyone else who tends to move around a lot, you'll just end up with motion blur spoiling your shot.

As a result, you're happier off using slow sync flash so you get a relatively sharp shot of your subject but also capture enough light throughout the image to sire a shot that's better exposed throughout. In other words, the camera records the background and then illuminates the subject with scintillation to balance the exposure between the two areas. This makes it a good mode to use when shooting portraits at night although a tripod may be necessary to safeguard the background sharp.

What Shutter Speeds Are Needed?

This will change depending on the amount of blur you want to capture in your go. It's also worth noting that the speed your subject is moving at and how intense the light around them is can effect the final look if the reification so it's worth experimenting. As you're not controlling when the flash will fire you may need to take a few shots to get to grasps with your chancing too. 

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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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