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Thanks for Some Great Advice on Flash Settings

 
JimAskew
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Dec 25, 2006 16:33 |  #1

Hi,

The other day I read a post on the Lenses Forum with instructions on flash settings. I humbly apoligise to the poster as I can not find the thread and give him (her) proper credit.

But, I tried the advice and it worked just great! Here are the recommended settings: set the camera mode to (M)anual, set ISO = 400, set f/stop = f/5.6, and set speed to 1/200th. Use the flash in the "ceiling bounce mode."

After expermenting Christmas Eve, I shot all my Christmas photos using these settings and got great results. Here is a sample of the wife and my grand daughter from my 17-55 EF-S IS using my 580EX SpeedLite.

Again, my thanks to the poster who put up these great instructions :)

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Dec 25, 2006 17:46 |  #2

Jim, would it perhaps be Flash Photography 101, Chapter 3 - A Systematic Approach to Bounced Flash? :)



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Dec 25, 2006 19:06 |  #3

No, the post was just a two line response to a discussion on a lens I believe. I captured the instructions and pasted them into a Word document for safe keeping. This was at 0945 on the 24th.

However, thank you for this link...a very good read and I have learned from it.

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Dec 25, 2006 22:24 |  #4

I am glad I saw this post. Flash photography has been very frustrating with; strong shadows, overexposure and underexposure. I will give it a try tomorrow.

Jim




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Dec 25, 2006 23:46 |  #5

try experimenting with diffusers to achieve some softer light/shadows


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Dec 26, 2006 07:57 |  #6

Jim McKeogh wrote in post #2445230external link
I am glad I saw this post. Flash photography has been very frustrating with; strong shadows, overexposure and underexposure. I will give it a try tomorrow.

Jim

Jim,

This is a great example of why I enjoy POTN. I, like you, have been frustrated with using my flash gear. Then I found these simple instructions, applied them, and got great results.

Great tips like the one on flash are all the forum...that's why I spend an hour or so each night just reading and absorbing.

Thank you to all POTN for being helpful and making this site a super learning experience. Thanks to the MODs as well for a smooth running operation :)


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