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08-15-2016, 05:08 AM   #16
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I usually put the camera in M, at a shutter speed and aperture I want and the lowest ISO to give a moderately underexposed result. I always bounce the flash off something or use a big diffuser. Still deciding over Auto vs P-TTL as the preferred flash setting.

I would much rather push two or three stops in post processing than have blown highlights.
Great portraits Sandy - For what its worth, I use manual exposure too when I can control the subjects' location and actions - preferably with an incident or flash meter and stationary off-camera lighting.

However, this is rather difficult to do for candids taken during a quickly evolving social event as described in the original post. This is why I am leaning toward P-TTL flash with one of the automated metering modes and looking for opinions as to why people prefer one versus another.

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QuoteOriginally posted by JimJohnson Quote
However, this is rather difficult to do for candids taken during a quickly evolving social event as described in the original post. This is why I am leaning toward P-TTL flash with one of the automated metering modes and looking for opinions as to why people prefer one versus another.
The images I posted were all candids, taken at "quickly evolving social events". Camera on manual, flash on P-TTL
That is exactly why I posted them; set the aperture and shutter speed, and leave the light to the flash.

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I've been thinking a bit recently about auto modes and flash. The reason that auto-ISO 'should' be avoided always, is because it is trying to reconcile two conflicting demands. The ambient exposure aspect is given priority by the camera (so for example, in a dimly lit room the ISO will increase to allow good exposure with steady, handholding ..... This could be ISO 1600, 3200 etc. However, this figure is often totally inappropriate to the flash configuration .... Distances, bounce angles etc). The system is incapable of resolving this conflict. It needs the human brain for this complexity, not a tiny computer brain.
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Nice shots and nicely lit. What is your metering mode. I am guessing not spot metering at least. Center weighted?


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The images I posted were all candids, taken at "quickly evolving social events". Camera on manual, flash on P-TTL
That is exactly why I posted them; set the aperture and shutter speed, and leave the light to the flash.

Some more:














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It needs the human brain for this complexity, not a tiny computer brain.
More importantly, expecting two tiny computer brains to cooperate is asking a lot. Take control of the parameters you WANT controlled, and let the flash fill in the gap.

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Nice shots and nicely lit. What is your metering mode. I am guessing not spot metering at least. Center weighted?
Not metered at all. Manual ISO, shutter speed and aperture set at best guess. P-TTL on a single, bounced, hot-shoe flash. Pushed in PP as appropriate.
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The images I posted were all candids, taken at "quickly evolving social events". Camera on manual, flash on P-TTL
That is exactly why I posted them; set the aperture and shutter speed, and leave the light to the flash.
Okay, let me define "candid" a bit tighter as shots where the subject is not deliberately interacting with the photographer. Out of your selection, the bar scene is the only one that might meet that criteria. Please understand that I am not knocking your photographs, they are great, just not the style I am referring to.
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Okay, let me define "candid" a bit tighter as shots where the subject is not deliberately interacting with the photographer. Out of your selection, the bar scene is the only one that might meet that criteria. Please understand that I am not knocking your photographs, they are great, just not the style I am referring to.
The flash technique doesn't need to change. I had less than five seconds to get each of shots 2, 3, 5 and 6 of that last series.

It's really quite simple.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
More importantly, expecting two tiny computer brains to cooperate is asking a lot. Take control of the parameters you WANT controlled, and let the flash fill in the gap.

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Not metered at all. Manual ISO, shutter speed and aperture set at best guess. P-TTL on a single, bounced, hot-shoe flash. Pushed in PP as appropriate.
I understand what you mean with all manual setting but I am talking about AE metering modes. Do you use spot, center-weighted, or multi segmented?

I am guessing all of these will give a different result?

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QuoteOriginally posted by JimJohnson Quote
Okay, let me define "candid" a bit tighter as shots where the subject is not deliberately interacting with the photographer. Out of your selection, the bar scene is the only one that might meet that criteria. Please understand that I am not knocking your photographs, they are great, just not the style I am referring to.
@jimJohnson, I think I know what you mean... and I do that all the time with flash of course indoors.. for example like this,
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I understand what you mean with all manual setting but I am talking about AE metering modes. Do you use spot, center-weighted, or multi segmented?
I am trying to make a case for *avoiding* AE metering modes. Just set the camera to what ISO, shutter speed and aperture you want and let the flash work out the rest. Prepare to iron out the bugs in PP and good results can be had.

Don't overthink it.
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I doubt that there will be much difference between Centre Weighted and Multi Metering for this type of thing ..... Spot I would avoid, I don't think its an intuitive way to meter for this type of balancing act.

It was said above that the shots were not 'metered' , and this could be down to definintion .... but even in Manual camera exposure mode, the meter is still working and the EV indicator shows 0 at the level where the meter thinks the exposure is 'right'.

My practical approach to this kind of shot is to 'zoom past' the subjects and fill the frame with the background, in M mode, then press the green button .... this gives the '0-centred' meter exposure value. This is locked in now unless I change it. I then take a test shot without the flash of just the background, and adjust to taste (often a little underexposure by increasing shutter speed if possible, otherwise a smaller aperture / lower ISO) .... Then I frame up including the subjects, and take a test shot with P-TTL. Assess both the flash exposure and ambient background balance and adjust Flash Compensation as needed, plus any background fine tuning. Try again and hopefully its all good!

I suppose this takes 20-30 seconds if being careful and going for 'precise'.
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Count me in as another one who likes indoors to spend a little time before shooting to get the ambient right in Manual (often -1 of a stop, and checking in Live View), then let P-TTL handle the subject/s. I'll adjust the FEC like salt and pepper.

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@jimJohnson, I think I know what you mean... and I do that all the time with flash of course indoors.. for example like this,
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or like below - the moment was there and gone:

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or like below - the moment was there and gone:
Very nice.. yes, that's what I mean. If there is anything to improve, I would balance a bit more ambient light in the mix by cutting down a little on flash (use EV) to preserve the "moment"; like this one that I have done recently.

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I am trying to make a case for *avoiding* AE metering modes. Just set the camera to what ISO, shutter speed and aperture you want and let the flash work out the rest. Prepare to iron out the bugs in PP and good results can be had.

Don't overthink it.
What he said ^^^

One of the beauties of P-TTL flash photography is that it sort of frees you to use the aperture and shutter speeds appropriate for the ambient lighting and subject.

As for candids...my experience has been that it is only the first flash photo that is candid. As soon as you do it, you have blown your cover.


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