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Sep 17, 2016 09:48 |  #1

My friend wants me to take pictures of her baby shower.. indoors.. fluorescent lights.. few windows..
I couldn't say NO, so.. I don't want to miss any shots fiddling with camera settings.
I will be using a Canon 5D and I have Flash if I need it.
I was thinking that my best bet would be to put the flash on the camera and set it to AV mode??




  
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Sep 17, 2016 09:50 |  #2

Manual mode. Bounce the flash off the walls and use flash exposure compensation to adjust. Use your histograms to make sure your highlights aren't blown.


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Sep 17, 2016 10:07 |  #3

+1 for manual when using flash


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Sep 17, 2016 10:13 |  #4

Aperture and flash exposure compensation control the flash exposure. Shutter speed controls the amount of ambient light coming in. Staying at max sync shutter speed will almost kill the ambient in a dim room giving just one light color. Slowing the shutter to 1/100 or 1/60 will allow more natural light and a brighter background but it could have a color cast.


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Feb 24, 2018 13:58 |  #5

TerryMiller wrote in post #18130867 (external link)
Aperture and flash exposure compensation control the flash exposure. Shutter speed controls the amount of ambient light coming in. Staying at max sync shutter speed will almost kill the ambient in a dim room giving just one light color. Slowing the shutter to 1/100 or 1/60 will allow more natural light and a brighter background but it could have a color cast.


Bassat wrote in post #18130858 (external link)
+1 for manual when using flash

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Feb 24, 2018 14:13 |  #6

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Feb 28, 2018 12:13 |  #7

Bassat, why +1 in manual? Shouldn't TTL sort that?


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Feb 28, 2018 16:01 as a reply to  @ Colin Glover's post |  #8

I think Bassat was agreeing with what Scrumhalf had posted.




  
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Feb 28, 2018 16:24 |  #9

Colin Glover wrote in post #18574531 (external link)
Bassat, why +1 in manual? Shouldn't TTL sort that?

Gart wrote in post #18574690 (external link)
I think Bassat was agreeing with what Scrumhalf had posted.

Gart is correct. I was just agreeing with the fact that (M)anual mode is best for shooting with flash. My 'usual' flash settings are: 1/125 (adjust this for ambient), ISO 800 (go higher for bounce, lower for direct), aperture is subject matter dependent. All three settings area easily tweaked if the camera is in manual mode with a user-selected ISO. I usually rely on ETTL-II for flash exposure. Exception: studio work, then I use manual flash, too.


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Feb 28, 2018 20:56 |  #10

Colin Glover wrote in post #18574531 (external link)
Bassat, why +1 in manual? Shouldn't TTL sort that?

I will respond in lieu of Bassat...

Camera in M, flash in eTTL.
Camera in Av will set shutter speed so that it captures ambient light with the pre-set aperture...you COULD be trying to hand hold the camera when it is trying (futiley, for sharpness) to expose at exposure time of 1 sec. because you decided to set the aperture at f/5.6 for better Depth of Field with the flash illumination!
If you set camera on M, selected f/5.6 and 1/100, the camera would not be trying to hold the shutter open for a ridiculous length of time, but would instead be wholly dependent upon the flash illumination, which eTTL would help you to get the exposure right by telling the flash how much light to emit.


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Mar 01, 2018 02:04 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #11

Raising ISO will help with low ambient levels ETTL will adjust flash for ISO.


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