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Watermelon_seller

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What are the advantages of TTL on monolights?
« on: March 02, 2020, 01:50:15 pm »

Can someone point out the advantages and workflow with lights that have TTL, like the newer Profoto lights?
I just don't understand how is it useful in a multi light setup since probably some of the lights are being used creatively and not to achieve a "perfect exposure".
How is TTL better than manually controlling the lights?
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Re: What are the advantages of TTL on monolights?
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2020, 10:24:45 pm »

How is TTL better than manually controlling the lights?
It isn't, except when you don't have the luxury of time such as in fast changing situations.
(I don't shoot weddings.)
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Re: What are the advantages of TTL on monolights?
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2020, 02:46:31 am »

It isn't, except when you don't have the luxury of time such as in fast changing situations.
(I don't shoot weddings.)

I agree with that. You could use TTL to get set up and close then turn those settings to manual and fine tune from there. Thatís what I thought I would do but in practice its pointless.

A single light like the Godoy AD200 used for interiors and then use TTL is very quick and useful. I shot an executive jet interior like that and I was amazed how fast and efficient it was. Studio work with multiple lights it seems entirely pointless to me.
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Re: What are the advantages of TTL on monolights?
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2020, 12:02:22 pm »

Thanks for the replies. That's what I thought, But I see so much emphasis in the fact that now the lights have TTL that made me think that I was missing something. Probably just a way to lure photographers that are used to work with a camera flash or something.
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Re: What are the advantages of TTL on monolights?
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2020, 04:57:20 pm »

TTL can help when the subject is moving around a lot, maybe an athlete coming toward the camera. Haven't tried that. I do get decent results sometimes with a hurried portrait assignment with the Godox 200 in TTL, though it's not my preference.
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