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STL EXCLUSIVE…NANUK POLAR BEARS (limited to 4 participants).Oct. 31st- Nov. 7th, 2014. Last year over 60 individual bears were sighted.We will have the entire lodge to ourselves. A trip like no other, photograph wild polar bears at ground level. I am currently at Nanuk and the Southern Hudson Bay polars bears are Amazing and Abundant, […]

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Balancing Flash and Ambient Light When I hear someone say I hate flash images it typically tells me they feel uncomfortable and/or do not fully comprehend how to use flash effectively.  Many state they can always tell when flash is used as the images have a “flashed” look to them. Meaning, the subject appears overly […]

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  • Hi Charles,

    Good article this, thanks for sharing… question….as timing is quite critical with wildlife photography, would it not be easier setting the flash to TTL and simply dialling in a negative EV on the speedlight itself….

    From South Africa….unfortunately can’t attend the seminar…



  • Mark,

    Appreciate your comment.

    TTL and Manual flash actually take exactly the same two steps to add/subtract flash intensity. With both you have to push the Select button and rotate a dial or push a button. The problem is ETTL will bias exposure based on the predominant tonal values within the meter pattern. Change the tones by zooming or shifting the background and you will again have to change the flash comp. Manual does not deviate or require changing the flash output as it is based soley on distance. But, there in lies the problem… the subject distance must be constant or you will need to adjust the flash output. In truth when used together the newer cameras and flashes do a great job, basing the flash exposure more on distance then in the past.

    Manual flash is still my prefered method if the subject is at a constant distance, and this includes flight photography. Because I try to shoot images within a narrow window of opportunity ( best light and background, with a given ssubject size) this is not as hard as you would think.ReplyCancel

  • Barb

    How does working with a Better Beamer affect your flash settings?ReplyCancel

    • Barb,

      Not all if using TTL.
      If using manual flash you will need to set the output to approx 1/2 the flash to subject distance for fully illuminating the subject, or 1/4 the distance for 2 stops fill.


STL Technical Workshop Series,  St. Aug, FL May 9th -12th, 2014  May 9th  Metering May 10th  Visual Design and In-Field Methodology May 11th Flash May 12th  Post-production-LR5/CS6 and plug-ins The response to the Tech Series Workshops have been overwhelming, and I am proud to again offer this series designed to enhance both your technical ability and […]

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September 23-27, 2011 (arrive 9/22 – depart 9/28) Join Award-winning Master photographer Charles Glatzer for a 5-day, in-the-field Workshop. Our primary focus will be on photographing the elk rut, bighorn sheep, coyote, moose and the spectacular landscapes. Additional species may include wolf, pine martin, pika, marmot, and bear among others. This will be our 9th […]

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