Reducing ambient (background) exposure with fill flash in Auto??

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Reducing ambient (background) exposure with fill flash in Auto??
Apr 29, 2011

Hi,

When I try to shoot sunset photos in P with my K-7 using on-camera fill for foreground subjects the sunset gets blown out. What are some techniques to reduce background exposure while using fill flash in P?

I've got -1.7 FEC set so the foreground subjects aren't washed out. But I can't figure out how to dial down the exposure the camera sets for the background (sunset). I've tried setting negative exposure compensation but it doesn't seem to affect the exposure for the background. It too reduces the foreground exposure. Exposure Compensation actually seemed to increase the background exposure as dialing in negative EV increased the ISO while keeping the aperature and shutter speed constant. The foreground (flash illuminated) sugject got darker.

If I use manual I can get the output I want. However its more time consuming and shooting some spontaneous moments of my family has caught me out.

thanks much,
Fred

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