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indoor Camera / flash settings advice

Darren Cook , Jun 26, 2006; 07:20 p.m.

Some advice from you experts please....If you're indoors taking photos where there isnt enough ambient light without flash, what settings do you use on the camera/flash?

I'm confused. if I use Av/Tv, the camera uses the same settings whether external flash is on or not. eg. With Av mode, the shutter speed will be too low (1/15).

So what mode do I use? Av / Tv / P ? what settings for camera and flash? Point flash up / 45 degrees / direct ?

Please give some examples of how you professionals work.

I will be using canon 10D, 420ex and 28-75mm 2.8 lens.

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Tim Corridan - Queen Creek, Arizona , Jun 26, 2006; 07:32 p.m.

shoot in manual. you said the shutter speed will be to slow right. use manual mode and set shutter speed to 1/60 th perhaps. and the aperature to 5.6 perhaps, then piont flash to cealing and let er rip. this example depends on lots of things though. are you just shooting one person or three? how dark is it? how high are the ceilings? are they white? what focal length are you at. 24mm or 70mm. theres lots more to say, but i wanna give it to ya in regular lingo. this will get you started. in my house, i shoot 160 iso film w/ cieling bounce all the time at night. but its just a house, not a big hall. tim- not a pro

Steve Newberry - Northern California - SF Bay Area , Jun 26, 2006; 07:46 p.m.

I would suggest using manual mode on the body and select a combo exposure somewhere between the dreaded dark cave 5.6 1/60 and the Av mode of say 5.6 At 1/2 sec.

Tim Corridan - Queen Creek, Arizona , Jun 26, 2006; 08:08 p.m.

and research " dragging the shutter"

David Wegwart - Denver/CO. , Jun 26, 2006; 08:24 p.m.

Its a lot to do with how you like to work. I will frequently set the cam (in Manual mode) to about the aperture I want for DOF, then set the shutter to show about 1 to 2 stops under the 'correct' exposure for ambient.

So, for me that is very often iso800; 1/40th; f4.5. I also use mostly wides for the flash work at receptions and the dungeons.

BTW, welcome to one of the most productive wastes of your time :).

D.

Grant Gaborno , Jun 26, 2006; 08:27 p.m.

Shoot Manual.

First, pick the aperture you want for the shot.

Next pick a shutter speed that is fast enough to stop motion blur and less than or equal to your max synch speed. Typically this is 1/30 to 1/200 or 1/250 depending on the camera. Otherwise, flash will 'stop' the motion of the subject anyway.

Then use the ISO that will make the background exposure that you want or is at the limits of your quality standard. Say 400 or up to 800 in dark situations or for flash battery conservation or to reduce recycle times or increase burst performance. 200 or 100 as needed for bright backgrounds or fill flash situations where there is enough ambient light.

Compromise these settings as needed for extreme conditions to get the shot. That is, bump the ISO up if needed or stop down if the background is too bright.

Normally, I use the flash up with a diffuser. Make it one with a white bounce surface if white ceilings or walls are not available.

Now go out and practice on the people you know :)

David Wegwart - Denver/CO. , Jun 26, 2006; 08:53 p.m.

Oh, yeah. An example...


Using the 30d/17-55 IS; 55mm; iso1600; f3.5; 1/30th. used a LS PJ cloud with - 1/3 ec on flash.

Emmanouil Vitalakis , Jun 26, 2006; 09:20 p.m.

David Wegwart said: [b]I will frequently set the cam (in Manual mode) to about the aperture I want for DOF, then set the shutter to show about 1 to 2 stops under the 'correct' exposure for ambient[/b] and Grant Gaborno said: [b]Then use the ISO that will make the background exposure that you want or is at the limits of your quality standard. Say 400 or up to 800 in dark situations or for flash battery conservation or to reduce recycle times or increase burst performance. 200 or 100 as needed for bright backgrounds or fill flash situations where there is enough ambient light.[/b] Follow their advises and you are going to have 100% success.

E Brennan , Jun 26, 2006; 09:58 p.m.

Manual. 1/60, F2.8/4/5.6, ISO 800 and shoot away.

You should read the EOS flash bible.

Nadine Ohara - SF Bay Area/CA , Jun 26, 2006; 10:40 p.m.


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