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Old Jan 20, 2003, 4:32 PM   #1
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S45 model. I was having problems using the flash where skin tones were washed out in auto mode. I switched to P mode and adjusted flash exposure to -1. Skin tones now look better but the whole picture is dark and colors are not showing up true to the actual color. Any suggestions? thanks.
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Old Jan 20, 2003, 4:51 PM   #2
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If your camera doen't pre-flash you can try to augment the lighting by supplemental slave flashes. Ritz cameras still carry some of theses Quantaray units that you can place to fill in the dark areas...

Apparently theses unit will work with pre-flash as well... but they are probably not available in the US yet. Anyone know?
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Old Jan 20, 2003, 7:14 PM   #3
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How about this one ?... get a pair

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The Quantaray MS-1 is called a slave flash booster and is readily available for $19.95 at most Ritz Camera Stores
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Old Jan 21, 2003, 5:51 AM   #4
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KCan,

How do you post images like the one you have with your message?

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How do you post images like the one you have with your message?

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- First, the website ( where the image reside) must support ( allow) this . ( pbase free account do not for instance)
- Insert the whole path of the picture in your message ( the web address of the picture)
- highlight that path, and click the "Img" icon
That's it!
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You can also look to some post processing in an application like photoshop.
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Old Jan 21, 2003, 2:26 PM   #7
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The Quantaray MS-1 is called a slave flash booster and is readily available for $19.95 at most Ritz Camera Stores

Does anyone know if you can get one of these in the UK.
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Old Jan 21, 2003, 2:34 PM   #8
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Built in flashes are always problematic. Remember the poor thing is trying to get everything in the picture right.

If it gets the subject right the surrounding areas are dark and vice versa.

Also try to appreciate how light travels in terms of intensity - the intensity drops like a bag of spuds over distance - double the distance and the intensity quarters.

So if the flash gets the person right at say 3 yards the surroundings behind at say another 3 yards only get a quarter of the light the person gets.

If you want the flash correct for the person use spot exposure on the subject. Try locking the exposure somewhere in the middle. Take several photos - it is digital after all and each photo is free.
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