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Having trouble balancing Fill Flash
Old 10-14-2004, 05:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am still having trouble balancing fill flash and ambient light. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]

Any tips and how to's?
 
 
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I am still having trouble balancing fill flash and ambient light. Any tips and how to's?

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Well, can you give us some examples of what you've tried? It's hard to know what to tell you unless we know where you are to begin with.

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Old 10-14-2004, 07:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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First you need to meter the background.

Then "the most accurate way" with a flash meter, measure the flash at your subject. It is usually more pleasing if you have a 2:1 or 4:1 ratio of fill. 2:1 is a 1 stop less fill light then ambient, 4:1 is a 2 stop less light.

Without a flash meter it is more difficult unless you are real familiar with your flash's output. If your camera has a flash exposure compensation, you can drop it by 1 or 2 stops. My Canon A2 has this capability and it works quite well when the flash is set to TTL.

If done correctly you should not be able to tell a flash was used. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

If your ambient is too dark you need to use a slower shutter speed.(Dragging the shutter)

Shutter speed controls the ambient exposure.
Aperture controls the subjects exposure.

Hope this helps, If anything is incorrect someone please let me know, as I am in a lighting class right now and I'm learning also.

Rolando had a real good "Photo Tip" on here at one time on this subject. It may still be there.

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Thanks Joe, I have a Minolta Flashmeter so that is easy. Should you use an umbrella or softbox to soften the shadows? I have always used a straight flash, maybe that is why I can't get the effect I want.
 
 
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I've been practicing fill flash. This was taken with my Minolta A1 with built in flash...

I think it works pretty good.

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