Category Archives: Flash Technique

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February 7, 2014

Flash Technique – The 1st and 2nd curtain explained

A DSLR camera provides the option to fire the flash on the 1st or 2nd/rear curtain, which can produces different photographs in the same conditions.  This article explains what it means, and how to use it.

The series of pictures below shows a tennis ball falling down, captured with different settings of flash and ambient light. It put in evidence the influence of setting the flash on the 1st or 2nd curtain.

flash_technic_curtain_drawing_2The rest of the article also explains what are 1st and 2nd curtains, and provides recommendation on which setting is better.

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