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Old Jan 12, 2005, 7:09 PM   #1
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I've set up a small home studio using continious lights as suggested on this board. The problem I'm having is that my pictures are turning out dark (although the camera shows a correct explosure). The lighting looks plently bright enough to my eyes, and I've tried various exposure settings (my camera is a drebel). Doesanybody have anyideasabout what I'm doing wrong?

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Old Jan 19, 2005, 10:26 AM   #2
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My Canon Digital Rebel (and most other DRebels) underexpose by aproximately 2/3 of an fstop. Canon set the meter to be very conservative to avoid blowing out highlights because the typical user was expected to be amateur photographers.

To compensate for it I do the following:

1. Whenever I shoot in Av mode outdoors I set the camera to +2/3EV.

2. Whenever I shoot with my shoe mounted flash, I set it to M mode and+2/3FEC.

3. When Ishoot with studio strobes (AB400's) I shoot in M mode and use a hand held meter.
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Old Jan 19, 2005, 6:43 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, I'll try some of those techiques you are talking about
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Old Feb 13, 2005, 1:16 PM   #4
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blundar wrote:
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My Canon Digital Rebel (and most other DRebels) underexpose by aproximately 2/3 of an fstop. Canon set the meter to be very conservative to avoid blowing out highlights because the typical user was expected to be amateur photographers.

To compensate for it I do the following:

1. Whenever I shoot in Av mode outdoors I set the camera to +2/3EV.

2. Whenever I shoot with my shoe mounted flash, I set it to M mode and*+2/3FEC.

3. When Ishoot with studio strobes (AB400's) I shoot in M mode and use a hand held meter.

WHAT DOES + 2/3 FEC means?
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Old Feb 13, 2005, 10:58 PM   #5
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FEC = Flash Exposure Compensation. When using an on-camera flash with TTL exposure control, foreground exposure is controlled by the flash, and background exposure is determined by the combination of shutter speed and apeture. If shooting with a flash, you want to adjust the FEC, not the "normal" exposure compensation.

+2/3FEC would mean that you're adjusting the flash exposure to produce 2/3 stops more light than it meters.

Hope that helps.

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