Controlling a speedlight's zoom head allows you to spread or focus a beam of light. Normally, this is automatic but sometimes you need to take control. Here's how to take control of a speedlight's zoom head. On Camera or TTL Mode Normally you don't need to worry about the zoom head. Placing the speedlight on the camera or using TTL will cause the zoom head to adjust based on the focal length of the lens. When you zoom your lens in, the speedlight's head narrows, allowing for light to travel a longer distance. When you zoom your lens out, the … [Read more...] about Studio Tip: How to Manually Control the Zoom Head on a Speedlight.
This continues a series of tips I'm going to publish for new photographers. For those of you who already know this stuff, I promise to keep the more advanced posts coming for you. Bev Haggen from New York City wrote me and asked: What is TTL? TTL stands for through the lens. When you look through the viewfinder of DSLR, youre looking through the lens (TTL.) You'll see the actual composition recorded on the sensor. When you use a non-DSLR such as a typical point and shoot or compact digital camera, or a range finder camera, youre looking … [Read more...] about Photography Basics For Newbies Part – 2 (TTL)