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    © Quentin Décaillet

    First Dance

    How to use TTL - Part 3

    by Quentin Décaillet

    Thanks to HSS, you can now control your environment.

    Many natural light photographers fear artificial light because it requires more time to setup and it can be technical. With the ELB 500 TTL, you can just focus on the fun and let your imagination go.

    © Julie Masson

    No need to think about your X-Sync speed.

    In seconds, your lighting is ready to work. With the ELB 500 TTL, the power and ease of creating world-class images is in your hands.

    Before HSS, flash photographers had to fiddle with fragile ND filters, or buy an expensive medium format system to achieve a dreamy and shallow depth of field. With the ELB 500 TTL, that’s a story of the past.

    With TTL, just focus on the moment.

    HSS is all about creative freedom.

    In these images, I wanted to kill the ambient light almost entirely to make my couple stand out whilst retaining details in the background.

    To capture the bride and groom dancing, using HSS with an extremely fast shutter speed will avoid any motion blur.

    The first step is to adjust my camera settings and make sure the environment is as dark or as light as I wish. Using Live View to speed up the process, I check the histogram as well as the live view feed and adjust the shutter speed, ISO, and aperture.

    All the information you need is shown on the Elinchrom Transmitter Pro display.

    Once my exposure is set for the background, I switch on my Elinchrom Transmitter Pro and press the TTL button.

    By doing this, I can concentrate on the story happening in front of my lens instead of worrying about the technical details. I’ve decided to enable one more option on my Transmitter Pro to make sure my bride and groom are perfectly sharp at the end of the exposure: the 2nd curtain sync.

    The modelling lamp settings are easily adjusted in the ELB 500 TTL menu.

    Empowering freedom for the most creative.

    Enable 2nd curtain sync.

    To activate the 2nd curtain sync, press Setup and then scroll down to SC Setup and make sure it’s ON. On some cameras, such as Nikon, you may have to enable it on the camera body as well.

    With my camera set, the battery pack on, and the Transmitter Pro in TTL, I can move around my couple to shoot multiple angles without having to readjust my light even if they move too much. The ELB 500 TTL and Skyport System will take care of everything for me.

    © Quentin Décaillet

    Shooting the first dance can be very stressful. It happens fast, it’s not always easy to move around the crowd to change angles and, sometimes, someone may block your light. But thanks to the Groups feature, when using several ELB 500 TTL heads or battery packs, you can capture multiple lighting setups within a matter of seconds.


    Use the AF assist of your Transmitter Pro in dark configuration.

    In dark situations, using the modelling lamp to help focusing is a great idea. But this can drain the battery and depending on your light-shaper, it might not be powerful enough.

    Instead, you can use the AF assist feature of your Elinchrom Transmitter Pro to help you achieve precise focus.

    How to use TTL - Part 1How to use TTL - Part 2How to use TTL - Part 3

    Gear Used

    • ELB 500 TTL Dual To Go

      ELB 500 TTL Dual To GoN° 10310.1

      The ELB 500 TTL Dual To Go is the perfect set to be used with total asymmetry. With two independent flash heads, the unit offers a wide variety of lighting possibilities. Combined with the TTL and HSS feature, it’s effortless to use while delivering exceptional high-end results.

      The Elinchrom Transmitter Pro is not included in this set and must be order separately. Transmitters are available for Canon and Nikon. Other brands will follow later.

    • Transmitter Pro - Nikon®

      Transmitter Pro - Nikon®N° 19367

      The Elinchrom Transmitter Pro is dedicated to compatible Nikon cameras.

      It offers fast shutter speeds up to 1/8000s, with HS / HSS and TTL / Manual functions.

      A visual display allow photographers to control flash power and modelling lamp and enable Elinchrom flash units and group settings.

      Previously known as Skyport Plus HS. This product is now named Transmitter Pro since firmware 2.1

    • Basic Grid Reflector Set 18cm (7")

      Basic Grid Reflector Set 18cm (7")N° 26060

      The Grid Reflector 18cm is a general purpose reflector for travelling and can be used for direct or indirect lighting with Elinchrom umbrellas. 

      The included 30° grid limit light spread and offers sharper shadows.

      This set includes one reflector and one grid.

      Excessive heat can damage units and accessories.
      Reduce modelling lamp power when reflectors are used with grids or snoots.
      Grids should never be used with 650W modelling lamps.

    • Tripod Air Click 105-244 cm

      Tripod Air Click 105-244 cmN° 31038

      The Click mechanism on these stands enables them to be stacked in both planes, ensuring that they can be carried in the most convenient way – either edge to edge or face to face to suit your carrying bag.

      The Elinchrom Air-cushioned system offers a very smooth and convenient balance between speed of use and security.

      Folded size: 92 cm