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Old Dec 1, 2006, 5:06 AM   #1
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Check out these full-size, unprocessed pictures:

http://jeffglasser.com/specials/_DSC5543.JPG
http://jeffglasser.com/specials/_DSC5542.JPG

They were taken using the full auto capabilities of the camera and the built-in flash at a pretty close range.

http://jeffglasser.com/specials/DSC_5573.JPG
http://jeffglasser.com/specials/DSC_5572.JPG
http://jeffglasser.com/specials/DSC_5571.JPG

These were taken under manual conditions, with a Vivitar 4600 (Canon module, no automatics), using the old-fashioned method of figuring out distance to set aperature, etc. They look pretty good so it appears that the sensor is OK.

http://jeffglasser.com/specials/DSC_5568.JPG
http://jeffglasser.com/specials/DSC_5567.JPG
http://jeffglasser.com/specials/DSC_5566.JPG
http://jeffglasser.com/specials/DSC_5565.JPG

Now we're back to automatic. The last one looks OK but the others are still dark.

Is there something I'm doing wrong, some setting I've missed, for flash pictures to look this dark?
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Old Dec 1, 2006, 9:25 AM   #2
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Check your flash exposure compensation. It may be set to reduce the flash power. Try setting it to 0 and try again. I can see it is going off, even in the dark ones, maybe it is just set low. Try cranking the exposure compensation up a notch or two as well. My D70s always tended to underexpose and the flash seemed bright, so I set the flash down 1/3 stop or so.

Your basement looks allot like my garage.
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Old Dec 1, 2006, 12:33 PM   #3
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Your basement looks allot like my garage.
It looks like my office:-)

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Old Dec 1, 2006, 5:11 PM   #4
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After looking at them all on my home computer, vs work. I think the exposure is not that far off the mark. The first dark one of people is way dark but the second is not bad concidering the white sweater may have driven the exposure for the most part. The basment pictures all look good close to the flash, it's the far stuff that is dark. That will always be a tough shot without putting some kind of slave flash back there. If you try and iluminate it all from the camera the front stuff will get blown out. I'd try cranking the flash compensation up a few nothces and see what it does. Try getting less white sweater and I think that one would have come out better or crank up the exposure on that one too.
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Old Dec 2, 2006, 11:20 AM   #5
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Thanks, guys.

About the basement and garage...a friend of mine passed away about 9 months ago, in February. He was a drummer. His only remaining family members, his 2 kids, live in San Francisco. I was keeping his drums and household goods in my basement for them until they could ship them out there. Yesterday was shipping day. His son came here to Ohio to move the boxes onto pallets and put them in my garage for the truck to quickly load them. So my things were displaced (a little!) and that's what you were looking at. Not that my basement would be in any better shape without them, of course!:-)
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The first thing i saw was the white sweeater and right off i figured you had your camera set for matrix metering and if you had had it set for spot metering and metered for the eyes or face your pics would have been right on for exposure wise.

I learned many years ago that if the eyes are out of focus the whole pic is out of focus and the importance on focusing on the eyes when shooting people pics.

When i shoot people pics u usually set my camera for shot metering and spot focusing and almost always meter on the face or body somewhere. If you would take that same pic and set your camera on spot metering and meter on the face, if u meter on the sweater the whole pic is too light. the results would be much better.




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Old Dec 5, 2006, 1:59 AM   #7
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The first thing i saw was the white sweeater and right off i figured you had your camera set for matrix metering and if you had had it set for spot metering and metered for the eyes or face your pics would have been right on for exposure wise.
...and then I would use the exposure lock which would ignore the white sweater? Good idea...thanks for the hint.
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if u use spot metering and auto focus set for single area and meter for the face then it will focus on the face and ignore everything else. in people pics u always want the face in focus weather anything else is or not


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