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I want to photograph hummingbirds

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I want to photograph hummingbirds and stop their wings. I want to reduce the flashes (2 SB-800s) power to about 1/16 of full strength which is what I've read.
How do I do that? Is it done via the SU-800 Commander by reducing the EV's or how?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Russell H. replied 2 years ago.
Hi, thank you for contacting My name is Russell. I will do my best to provide the right answer to your question. The answer might depend upon your camera. But you have asked about a flash function, so I'll do what I can to answer your question. Looking up the information about the flash output level compensation with a Nikon SU-800, it seems that the limits of the possible output level compensation ratios with that family of flashes is 1:8 or 8:1... which incidentally is done from a Master flash unit controlling several Slave flash units. So it would seem that 1/16 isn't possible but 1/8 is.

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