Flash exposure bracketing

Bracketing in photography means you take several shots of the same subject — typically three — where you increase and descrease the aperture by one or more stops. For example, you might shoot an f/4.5 image at f/2.8, f/4.5, and f/5.6 to be sure you have the right exposure; your dSLR will let you set and shoot these bracketed shots automatically. Similar to the way bracketing works for exposures on your camera, you can also set your Speedlite to automatically bracket flash intensity for three shots, which is a great tool if you’re unsure about a given subject or setting and you want to ensure that you easily and quickly can get multiple flash exposures, each with varying amounts of light. I use Flash Exposure Bracketing (FEB) when I’m shooting important photos in RAW, because I have so much tonal control over images in the RAW format. This gives me even more tonal range to work with in my image-editing program later, especially if there are a lot of contrast extremes in the image (dark blacks and light whites, such as in a wedding). While I end up generating more shots when using FEB, I’m reasonably certain I’ve covered all the exposure bases to ensure I have the critical shot I need.

Flash Exposure Bracketing capability ranges from plus/minus 1/3-stop increments up to plus/minus three stops (if the camera can only do 1/2-stop increments, then the flash is also limited). In the higher-end flashes, you can use the custom functions to change the Flash Exposure Bracketing shooting sequence, also.

Category: Flashes

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