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04-01-2011, 05:04 AM   #1
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Whitewashed faces on photos

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I am newbie KX user from India.

Lately (and this was not happening earlier) I find the faces to come out absolutely whitewashed whenever I use Flash in any mode while shooting in low light conditions.

Can anyone help me on this ?

04-01-2011, 05:16 AM   #2
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This would happen with a manual lens (pre A-series) or a manual (no pttl, old, cheap or both) flash. If it this happens with a more modern lens than the M-series and a pttl flash (such as the built-in) posting sample snaps *with* EXIF info would most likely help in figuring out the problem.
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try to reduce the power of the Flash ( press the flash icone, use the wheel to push it to -0.3 EV or -0.5, it would be better.
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QuoteOriginally posted by aurele Quote
try to reduce the power of the Flash ( press the flash icone, use the wheel to push it to -0.3 EV or -0.5, it would be better.
Aggree with this advice and add the use of a home-made defuser... (35mm film can... Black duct-tape over the back so you're not blinded... Cut a slot out to fit over the onboard flash...)

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QuoteOriginally posted by bhaven Quote
Hi!

I am newbie KX user from India.

Lately (and this was not happening earlier) I find the faces to come out absolutely whitewashed whenever I use Flash in any mode while shooting in low light conditions.

Can anyone help me on this ?
If you're in a dimly lit room using "Matrix" metering then the camera/flash is going to compensate for the darkness, and most likely will wash out any subject closer to the front of camera.

I would try to change metering pattern to center weighted or even spot, meter a face, use your AE lock, compose and shoot...

Good luck, Rick
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Thanks everyone for your help - reducing the power of the Flash was the first thing I tried and it worked.

Thanks a zillion again.
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