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05-03-2017, 12:06 PM   #1
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K-1 and Metz 58-2 in fill flash mode?

Hello, I wonder what is the preferred way to use this flash as a fill-in in a situations like illuminating a backlit face of the person outdoors? There are 23 ways to manipulate the exposure: a) to reduce flash output to -2EV in the flash itself, b) set up flash output in camera's menu to -2EV and c) set K-1 exposure compensation to -3EV, but which one is the best to produce the desired result? Both flash and K-1 have the latest firmware installed. Thanks.

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I wouldn't be setting minus 2 flash compensation, that's not likely to light much. If you're using an auto-exposure mode on the camera (and for me that means Av as the only really intuitive one for flash work) , then the cameras exposure metering is already programmed to try and ' fill in' your backlit subject ....it will attempt to create a balance between the ambient and flash exposures. In fact, you are more likely to need plus flash compensation if the backlight is strong, and also if your subject fills a lot of the frame.

Give your camera and flash the best chance by avoiding auto-ISO and set a sensible ISO for the situation ....for portraits at a distance of around 3-7 meters then ISO 200 through to 800 is likely to be 'sensible'. It may depend on the limitation of the max Sync speed (1/200thsec), which may push your ISO down in bright light, or your aperture may need to close down ......otherwise you end up in High Speed Sync terrain , but best to keep things simple firstly!

Start out with a test shot, and try minus 0.5 stop on the camera exposure compensation and plus 1stop on the flash compensation to start with.....see how it looks and adjust each as needed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mcgregni Quote
I wouldn't be setting minus 2 flash compensation, that's not likely to light much. If you're using an auto-exposure mode on the camera (and for me that means Av as the only really intuitive one for flash work) , then the cameras exposure metering is already programmed to try and ' fill in' your backlit subject ....it will attempt to create a balance between the ambient and flash exposures. In fact, you are more likely to need plus flash compensation if the backlight is strong, and also if your subject fills a lot of the frame.

Give your camera and flash the best chance by avoiding auto-ISO and set a sensible ISO for the situation ....for portraits at a distance of around 3-7 meters then ISO 200 through to 800 is likely to be 'sensible'. It may depend on the limitation of the max Sync speed (1/200thsec), which may push your ISO down in bright light, or your aperture may need to close down ......otherwise you end up in High Speed Sync terrain , but best to keep things simple firstly!

Start out with a test shot, and try minus 0.5 stop on the camera exposure compensation and plus 1stop on the flash compensation to start with.....see how it looks and adjust each as needed.
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HI TTQ25,

You can use either the camera dial or the flash's controls (no difference) to set the Flash Exposure Compensation to -1eV for an overall fill or -2eV to let some darker shadows remain and just some catchlight in the eyes.

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