E-PL1: Fill-In flash + bright background = overexposure... how to deal with this

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kenwchan
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E-PL1: Fill-In flash + bright background = overexposure... how to deal with this
Apr 26, 2010

Hi there,

I'm trying to get some tips in how to shoot a person against a bright background.

If I turn on force-flash with the built-in flash I thought the flash is supposed to meter for the subject and the camera will meter for the background. But when using the flash, you're limited to max 1/160 shutter speed, resulting in everything pretty much blown out. And I wanted to shoot in Aperture priority mood with a large aperture to boot. Would you lock the exposure for the background using AEL and then take a picture with fill-in flash?

It is because of this 1/160 limitation? What else could I do? I guess I would have tried spot metering on the subject and not using flash at all, but that still results in an overly bright background...

Thanks for any tips.
Regards
Ken

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