Speed of camera always maxes at 250 by default when external flash is put on.
I am a rookie but I can't figure out how to override the external flash for shooting inside at basketball games. No matter what I seem to do the camera always decides to go to a speed of 250. I need 400 or more.
I am using a Canon 30D with the 580EX. I have it set on aperature priority so I can get more light.
Thanks for any ideas or help.
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If resetting the camera to factory default settings WHILE the flash is mounted on the hot shoe and turned on doesn't help, you may have physical damage/failure with the flash and it will need to go in for repair. This sounds likely if you've had an ongoing problem since you got the flash.
You could also try checking the ETTL sensor to make sure it's not damaged or blocked by lint, check the flash on another camera to see if the problem persists, and check the hot shot mount on the camera and the flash to make sure they're not damaged and solid.
Nothing is going on. Your camera is working as designed. Most cameras have an upper limit on the shutter speed when used with flash. This is called the flash sync speed. At speeds higher than this the shutter is never opened completely, and as a result you would get only a narrow slit of a picture. Usually this is not a problem since the exposure is determined almost exclusively by the flash and the aperture. Any action is caught and stopped by the brief flash, not the shutter. The primary reason for controlling the shutter speed is to use a slow speed to allow the background to expose. Your camera may have a special high-speed flash mode that fires off multiple flashes coordinated with the shutter movement. Since you didn\'t say what model Canon camera you\'re using, I can only suggest you check the manual.
You can actually set the external flash not to fire in the menu settings of your camera. Check there or try mounting the flash on your camera, turn both on and reset your camera to factory default settings through your camera menu settings.
Certain coolpix cameras can accept an external flash, other models cannot.
If you have the built in flash, and that being your question: you need to activate it via the buttons on the back. Look for one that looks like a lightning bolt- that is your flash button. You will get choices of red eye reduction- three flashes, Aperture priority, flash always and no flash. It will be illuminated on the LCD screen as to the flash status,
If you are referring to an external flash, there should be a hot shoe on top of the camera, or a port for Flash Sync. If you have neither of those your camera is not able accept external flash- however you can use an external flash in "slave mode" if you have a flash that has that featurbe built in. Then it merely becomes a matter of placement to position the eye of the slave flash so it gets illuminated fromt he small flash on the camera.
You have to enter the menu by pressing the "OK" button until the menu appears. By scrolling all the way down you will find a setting where you can choose "FULL menu". You can also choose to set up an individual menu.
To set shutter speed above 250 you have to ensure "FP" for high-speed sync is enabled on the flash.
Firstly, be sure to check flash voltage. Your 30D may accept max 6V so that your camera can be shot if the flash unit has higher voltage than 6V.
1. Use low ISO to keep low noise....around f/8 or more depends on your need and how much DOF you want.....Set the shutter speed around 1/125 to your max speed to stop any movement (your subject or camera itself shaking).
2. Above is set in Manual mode (iso100, f/8 1/125 or 1/250), then you just need to leave the flash to work in TTL mode.
3. It needs battery, the connection is for syncing to trigger and release a proper flash power (in TTL mode).
Hope this help!
1) i-TTL: TTL flash control by 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, built-in flash, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash 2) AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-800 used with CPU lens 3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27, and 22S 4) Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-800