Definition: Lighting technique in which flash exposure is balanced with ambient light exposure. * Usually calculated to improve lighting in shadow areas while maintaining natural-looking backgrounds, but may be used deliberately and in a controlled manner to darken or lighten the appearance of the background. * Also known as slow flash or long flash. The old-type shutters are the flashiest If you want to indulge in lots of synchro-sun work -- and who doesn't admire the work of A Leibovitz who doesn't? -- you know there's only one kind of camera to use and that's one that uses leaf or interlens shutters. And of these, there is none that can touch the sophistication of the Rolleiflex 6000-series cameras. The best leaf shutters are nothing like as reliable as the best focal-plane shutters, but when it comes to flash versatility, they are still tops.

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