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Old Dec 10, 2006, 1:30 PM   #1
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I just got a Canon XTI and would like some advice on how to take pictures of my home theater room with a 540EZ flash. So far my results are washed out but I am somewhat overwelmed with all the settings.



I have good quality tripods as well as a remote shutter release. I had the flash so I want to work through it's limitations. I will be using the kit lens 18-55. I have a couple of Tamron zooms at this point and they wouldn't be useful here as it is a small 12X16 room and the small Tamron is 70-300. (not the di unfortunately)



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The walls of the room are fabric and extremely absorbent. The ceiling is arched with a paint that tends to absorb light I believe. With the flash the ceiling gets washed out at my green horn settings. I am attempting to bounce the flash.
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Old Dec 10, 2006, 5:51 PM   #2
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You might try putting a white sheet behind the camera - swivel the flash around and bounce it off the sheet. Of course this means using the tripod and remote release.

Try it with about ISO 800, 1/15 or slower shutter. you really just want enough light from the flash to remove shadows - use the higher ISO and slower shutter speed rather than a powerful blast from the flash.
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I just got a Canon XTI and would like some advice on how to take pictures of my home theater room with a 540EZ flash. So far my results are washed out but I am somewhat overwelmed with all the settings.
-> This is because the EZ series flashes are not compatible with any digital camera - They will all fire full-blast !!!
(i.e. you need the new EX's series)

Your best bet is not to use the flash at all, but do as JohnG suggested to use lower shutter speed of 1/15s or less on a tripod - This has the added bonus of getting rid of the scan lines on your home theater... Flip the camera to manual and adjust the EV scale -2..-1..v..+1..+2 so it center on the v with the shutter and aperture

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