Friday, December 12, 2008
Using flash in the office
It's a good idea to get used to changing your shutter
speeds and aperture settings and not just shoot
on automatic mode.
In the first picture, the subjects look bright and
the background is darker because I chose to use
an exposure that kept it that way.
An aperture of f 8 gives me lots of light and a
shutter speed of 1/60 second is slow enough to
show some light outside the window. My ISO
setting was 100.
In the second picture I used a slower shutter
speed of 1/30 to allow the outside view to be
lighter and the office to show better, instead
of going darkas in the first picture. My ISO setting
was still 100.
Next I took some candid shots which show more
background light and more accurately reflect the
look of the whole scene in the office. I bounced
my flash off the ceiling, and used a high ISO setting
of 400 and an aperture opened to f 5.6. The flash
carries a longer distance when you need less of its
power to make the exposure. So you can shoot across
the room and still have enough flash power if you put
the ISO up and open the aperture. And you get a
more natural, brighter picture.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Get outside early with your camera in winter in Vancouver and get some shots in the fog or snow.
Here's a tip. Light meters think everything is just average grey so when the camera sees snow
or fog, it sets an exposure for an average grey snow or fog. If you want some lightness to that fog or if you want white snow, then play with your exposure compensation dial. Dial in about +1 to give more exposure to the image. You'll be happier with the result.