How to Use TTL Mode on a Speedlight

Understanding how to effectively use speedlights is crucial for capturing high-quality images in various settings, from weddings to family events. Speedlights offer photographers a compact, versatile lighting solution that enhances the quality of their work, especially in fast-paced and low-light environments. The helpful video tutorial will get you started working with one. 

Coming to you from Jay P. Morgan with The Slanted Lens, this educational video emphasizes the significance of mastering Through The Lens (TTL) mode when using speedlights. Morgan demonstrates the process of setting up TTL, a process that can be challenging yet is essential for achieving proper exposure in photographs. He points out that without understanding these key settings, photographers might struggle to capture well-lit and contextually rich images. The video showcases how TTL aids in capturing the ambient atmosphere of a setting while providing sufficient light on the subject, a balance crucial for event and wedding photographers.

Morgan's hands-on demonstration highlights the four main steps to setting up TTL on a camera and strobe. This practical approach is beneficial for both novices looking to refine their skills. The video also addresses common pitfalls. If you're new to artificial lighting, a speedlight is the place to start, and this is the video to get you on your way. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Morgan.

If you would like to continue learning about how to light a portrait, be sure to check out "Illuminating The Face: Lighting for Headshots and Portraits With Peter Hurley!"

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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