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    © Quentin Décaillet

    Bride Getting Ready

    How to use TTL - Part 1

    by Quentin Décaillet

    How to create dramatic shots in a pinch using TTL and aperture priority mode.

    Without TTL, when working in Aperture Priority mode, using flash can quickly show its shortcomings when shooting in a fast-paced environment such as a bride getting ready. In this setting, TTL will help you work faster and easier.

    With the Elinchrom Pro Transmitter, easily switch your setup from TTL to Manual to adjust your settings.

    TTL makes shots that used to be slow to setup without an assistant, a breeze.

    With the ELB 500 TTL, the power and ease of creating dramatic images is in your hands.

    When documenting a bride getting ready, I tend to rely on Aperture Priority so that I can mostly shoot natural light and when I feel like flash could make for a more dramatic shot, I simply switch on my ELB 500 TTL from the Transmitter Pro.

    © Quentin Décaillet
    This shot was created using an ELB 500 TTL with one head, a standard 18 cm reflector, and a 20° grid.

    The setup of the battery pack is incredibly easy.

    Before we get to the fun part of using the ELB 500 TTL, we have the Transmitter Pro to setup. Turn it on, press the TTL button on the bottom left of the screen and you are ready to go!

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    Setting up a flash has never been easier.

    Be sure to take a test shot before catching the moment. If you feel like the flash isn’t matching your creative direction, simply adjust the exposure compensation on the Transmitter.

    We can now create our dramatic shots easily while the camera and the Transmitter Pro do most of the technical work for us. Be sure to play with different light shapers and move them around to create different lighting setups.

    © Quentin Décaillet
    This shot was created using an ELB 500 TTL with one head, a standard 18 cm reflector, and a 20° grid.


    To position your Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL flash head, be sure to use the modelling light.

    Using the Elinchrom Transmitter Pro, the modelling light can quickly be enabled and disabled using the “Mod” button.

    This way, you can make sure your light is in the right place before triggering your first shot.

    © Quentin Décaillet

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

    Gear Used

    • ELB 500 TTL To Go

      ELB 500 TTL To GoN° 10309.1

      The ELB 500 TTL To Go is the ideal set to enjoy total freedom in a lightweight and portable solution while still delivering 400 full power flashes on a single charge. Freeze motion in action mode or use HSS, rely on the battery for on location work or plug it in the mains while shooting in studio with the Active Charge feature.

      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