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Old May 8, 2009, 11:58 AM   #1
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This is an archive shot taken at my folks' 50th Anniversary party about 15 years ago. That is not a shadow on the left side of the photo. This photo was taken with a manual 35mm Minolta SRT101A with a manually controlled flash. This is a problem not likely to happen with modern equipment but is still possible. What do you think happened?



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I know you said that it is not a shadow, but it sure looks like part of the flash was covered or it was aimed incorrectly.

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The flash was not synchronized properly with the shutter. You are seeing remnants of the shutter as it moves across the plane of the lens.
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Selvin got it. The shutter speed was too slow for the flash. In modern cameras with built in flash, the computer synchronizes the flash with the shutter. Most external flash units designed for a specific line of camera models can also be controlled by the camera computer and sync automatically. However, if the external flash is in manual control, then you need to make sure the shutter speed is set to the "sync" speed of the flash, usually 1/60 or 1/125.

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