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Old Jan 3, 2015, 6:58 AM   #1
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Hi All,

Just getting into flash photography and am wondering how I went?
Always have a trying time judging exposure and getting balance right...
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Old Jan 3, 2015, 7:52 AM   #2
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Highlights not blown and still some shadow areas. Id say your flash exposure was spot on.
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Old Jan 3, 2015, 9:17 AM   #3
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The subect looks a bit underexposed. I'd say you could use a little more flash power. I picked up the following technique to get good balance between the backgrounds and subjects:
Turn off the flash and manually set the aperture and shutter speed (use the meter in the camera to achieve the proper exposure). Then turn on your flash. If your camera has TTL flash capability, it will adjust the flash output to provide a well balanced exposure. I recommend using a tripod in cases where the shutter speed is too slow for hand holding the camera. Also, you need to ask you model to hold still throughout the exposure. Depending on your camera, you can crank up the ISO so as to use a faster shutter speed. I typically set the manual exposure to be a little to the left of center (i.e. underexpose by half a stop).

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Jehan, dont you think the flash exposure is as good as it can be to match the background? I agree the whole photo is underexposed and can easily be fixed with a bit of Brightness.
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Thankyou for feedback Bynx and Wingman...

I underexposed the background to saturate the colours and flash was on camera pointing at the subject.
As is all new to me with flash so sometimes hard to judge.

I appreciate the feedback and will take it all on board...

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I think Bynx's edit shows it was underexposed. Now to the lovely lady and her pose. I always try to get some of the white in the subjects eyes on EACH side showing. See how each eye is buried into the corner? Bring her nose a little more towards the camera...
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Thankyou for your feedback also NotDadsW41.
Yes also realised no catchlights in her eyes.

Will take all on board and hopefuly progress...
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Try one shot with spot focus+spot metering on the face of your subject and then one as you normally have your camera set.
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