OMD severe flash exposure problem

Started Apr 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
John King
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Re: Always underexposure for me.

Gidday again AG

Alumna Gorp wrote:

John King wrote:

Gidday Guy

What metering mode were you using?

Can you please upload the images with EXIF intact - any size will do for these purposes.

With the OP's original images (having downloaded them), I can plainly see where the exposure has been biased by the metering mode used - matrix mode in all cases. The camera merely did what it was instructed to do ... Hence the very ordinary results.
The camera was told to do the wrong thing, and did it ...

The plug on flash only has a guide number of 5 @ 100 ISO and using 1/200 s shutter speed this is only going to amplify his problems. The poster seems to think shutter speed will have no bearing, of cause it will.

Every flaming thinghas a bearing in flash photography, AFAICS ...

BTW, I think that the FL-17 has a GN of 17 (if that's the flash the OP is talking about ... ), which is nearly as powerful as the very ordinary flashguns I have used for much of my photographic life!

In self defence, I very quickly jumped for a set of studio strobes to use when photographing my wife's artwork (mostly ceramics, but a whole lot of stuff that's just darn difficult to photograph ... ). I spent 3 hours one day with all sorts of on-camera and off-camera flash setups; light tent/s, etc. At the end of it, I had one halfway decent shot of one pot! My touchstone of "acceptable" is as good as or better than the images one sees in modern glossy mags or high quality art books ...

With the studio strobes and light tent, it took me about 4 hours to take about 180 images, almost all of which were of "acceptable quality" ...

Some piccies of my set up here:

Paid for themselves in that one day; let alone the sheer bloody frustration and stress that using flash for this kind of studio photography caused me.

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