Please help me with my new flash

Started Jan 28, 2004 | Discussions thread
OP Amit Chugh Regular Member • Posts: 144
Re: Please help me with my new flash

@Shay

Thanks for your input. I agree with you that I should use AUTO mode on either Flash or Camera. How stupid of me to set both to auto....

Since the manual control on flash is limited to either 1/16 or Full power I think I will use AUTO on flash and use the manual on camera. The V1 gives quite a lot of manual controls and flexibility.

Not sure about the flash meter stuff as I am new but from what I have read I think, I will need a much professional/sophisticated flash which can give me lot of manual controls to really be of any use with a flash meter. Now I may be wrong on this as I am totally new to photography and this is my first digital camera.

-Amit

Shay Stephens wrote:
Hello Amit,
When doing flash photography, you will want to use manual exposure
on the camera.

Amit Chugh wrote:

The problem that I am having is that most of the pictures either
get overexposed or underexposed.

The way I take a picture is I set the flash to GREEN AUTO mode
which is F5.6 at ISO 100 and then I set my camera to Aperture mode.
I set the lowest aperture I can use with my camera, which is F4.0
and use the full zoom. At full zoom V1 only gives me f4.0. Although
at full wide I get f2.8.

If you set the flash to auto f/5.6, then set the camera manually to
use aperture f/5.6. Don't have two different auto modes running at
the same time.

Based on the information posted here as well as at the back of the
lumiquest, it was said that using a bounce flash will loose 1 stop
of light. So, I set my camera 1 stop below i.e. f4.0 and flash at
f5.6 but I am not happy with the pictures.

If you are using manual output of the flash then yes, yu will need
to compensate. But if the flash is controlling the output
automatically, then you don't also need to compensate with the
camera. Let the flash handle the that.

Can someone provide with some more information on indoor flash
photography? Any help in terms of a web site link or a good
practical book on indoor flash photography will be appreciated.
Also, I am looking for some information on INFANT photograhpy so
that when the time comes I am all ready.

You would be better off just practicing on your own. If you
continue having difficulty, consider getting a flash meter and
control the output of the flash and camera manually.

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