Eyes Wide Shut

Talking recently to a Canon using photographer friend has opened my eyes to how little I really know about the operation of my Nikon cameras. He was telling me which features on Nikon DSLR’s he preferred to his Canon’s and to be honest I had never heard of them let alone used them. Thinking about it I can’t be using anymore than 10% of what the camera is capable of and have to admit that during many a session I have struggled to remember to turn the thing on.

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Accidents Will Happen

I was bored with how the shoot was going so I thought I would try a few snaps in the window using natural light. Normally this doesn’t work well because I struggle to get enough fill on the shadow side so I decided to put to use one of the expensive Nikon flashguns I have lying around gathering dust. I mounted a SB-800 in the D810’s hot shoe and the display lit up showing me it was in TTL BL mode. What! What is this TTL BL mode? Surely I had seen it before but must have forgotten about it. Being in an adventurous mood I gave it a whirl and looking at these results it’s done a far better job than my normal mix and match lighting attempts. Methinks I must remember to use this accidentally found mode again.

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