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Old Mar 4, 2006, 8:04 PM   #1
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I bought a Better Beamer on the recommendation of Bobbyz and here are the first shots. The sun was out but still low in the sky so the flash came in handy in the forest. I also learned to set the flash to high speed sync. I shot most too fast so they came out dark so I lightened them up in ps. Unfortunately the three-toed woodpecker has the tree blown out.

Thanks again Bobby and everyone who has helped me with the flash.

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The Better Beamer looks like a very handy piece of kit. Who wouldn't like a couple of extra stops in the forest? In many cases two stops is the difference between a great shot and... no shot. Great work.

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Nice captures Jim.

Just be careful with that BB when sun is out. It can burn a hole in anything if you not careful. Follow the directions that come with it.
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Thanks again Bobby

I've been practicing at home and have a new approach for the weekend. I'll turn the flash down and shoot at a lower shutter speed. I t was really dark andI couldn't even make out the colour of the birds. I was shooting at a very high shutter speed and all the pictures came out dark. I then used ps to lighten them. When I viewed the pictures on the camera, they all looked fine but on the computer they were very dark.

Can't wait for the weekend!

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I also learned to set the flash to high speed sync. I shot most too fast so they came out dark so I lightened them up in ps...
Why would you use the high-speed sync as this will only decrease your flash range (by order of magnitude) - especially on a tele where you need the distance?

Check the flash manual as the high-speed sync do not freeze the movement and your subjects are all stationary. A slow shutter @ X-sync speed is actually better here to extend your flash range (since you are using a better beamer already)!

-> The faster the shutter speed -> the lower your flash range will be: http://www.photozone.de/3Technology/flashtec5.htm

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