PhotosGuy wrote in post #5252216
At some events, you just can't which is why I suggest you test at 8' which is a more reasonable distance. Sometimes, 5.6' is the best you can do.
OTOH, with less light fall off at greater distances, the difference between closer & farther aren't as big, so RAW & PS will allow a lot of clean up.
Thanks, Frank. I'll have to experiment with that. Also, next time, I'll shot in RAW; not JPEG. I did JPEG because it's for the club and they aren't looking for perfection - just shots of the team doing their thing. Of course, I'm looking for perfection.
Wilt wrote in post #5255603
That is what one would expect to be true. But many have found that the way to overcome the chronic ETTL underexposure of flash as a main source of illumination is to set FEC +1 or +2/3 EV
When I shot with my Canon AE-1P, I always had to dial in -1/3 EC to compensate for the camera meter being off. Also, due to chimping the previous week and finding out all the shots were underexposed, I went overboard with the FEC.
lungdoc wrote in post #5256012
I suspect your basic settings also were low for the ambient light - remember flash is two exposures one of "background" set by your ISO, SS and aperture settings and one of the flash exposure - set by flash output determined by ETTL. Inside at ISO 400, 1/250 and 5.6 you will be get a very dark background and flash will give all the light. In trying to light your distant subject you are blowing out the close stuff. Flash itself will stop the action (as long as background is relatively underexposed say at -2), so you could easily go to a slower shutter speed. Consider bouncing the flash where possible, amazing what these flash units can bounce off of especially if you up the ISO a bit, will usually eliminate the foreground issues.
I don't personally recommend putting the flash on manual for most situations, the camera on manual - definitely unless you KNOW you only want fill flash in which case AV works pretty well.
Those settings were something I picked-up from different posts here. So, I probably was going about it wrong. I tried shooting at f/4, 1/125, ISO 400 but for some idiotic reason, I didn't feel comfortable with that. Probably because the previous week when I was shooting the club in pool practice, the shots when chimped looked good but were underexposed in PP. So, I was overcompensating.
Again, lack of knowledge and experience. Damn.
I'm not sure how much bouncing would work given the gym ceiling was 35' high. Even the ceiling in the pool was 15' so I just left the flash head facing forward in the 90 degree position.
Right or wrong, I'm holding myself to a standard and expectation that's probably invalid, given my undereducation with flash. I think, "flash should be somewhat easy to manage" only to discover otherwise.
Thanks, everyone, for the feedback and tips. I'll keep practicing. Shooting in ambient light, even if it's low-light, sure seems easier.