Having problems with your Nikon D80 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens ?

Black area in photograph

\015 Why am I getting a black area in my studio photographs?\015\012 I have a Nikon D80 and am using a Nikor DX 18-135mm lense in "S" mode, aperture f3.5, focal length 20mm, from about 8 ft, ISO 125. I am firing the strobes, remotely,from the wireless transmitter mounted from the hotshoe. At speed 320 I get a small black area across the bottom 1/3 of the image. At 640 the black area encompasses the bottom 1/2 of the image. At 1000 the image in almost completly black. I understand as the speed increases the final image should get lighter, right? Why the increasing black area?\015\012 \015\012 \015\012Thanks for your help.\015

Answers :

Unless you are using high-end Nikon Speedlights with camera and flash set for Auto FP High-Speed Sync, your top flash sync shutter speed on the D80 is 1/200 second. The black band you are seeing at faster shutter speeds is because the second curtain of the shutter begins to close before the first curtain reaches the fully-open position (which is when the flash fires). The higher the shutter speed, the shorter the gap between first and second curtains. To get full exposure with flash, there must be an instant when the shutter is fully open -- first curtain completed travel, second curtain not started yet.

"As the speed increases the final image should get lighter" applies to ISO speed. Higher shutter speeds mean less light reaching the sensor, but that's not the cause of the black bands.
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