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10-31-2011, 10:08 AM   #1
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Pop up as fill flash

I've heard that when using the pop up flash for fill flash, it is best to dial in some Flash Exposure Compensation. I think that is generally true, since I've noticed that full flash has a tendency to overexpose the subject. I've heard that -1.75 is a good value to start with. I am wondering if this agrees with the experience of the users here.

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Depends on the range, ambient lighting and subject but for outdoor shots I usually crank it down -1.3 for critter shots between 3-5m.
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I generally use -1 with my FA35, on my k-r, for my daughter, and I'm usually in pretty tight.
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An easy+cheap trick to diffuse the fill light: slip a thin white cotton infant's sock over the flash.

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Thanks for the feedback.

@Rio - When you diffuse the light, do you usually use and Flash Exposure compensation? (infant's sock...cute trick)
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I usually dial it down a little. I will normally take a couple of test shots and change the the flash compensation as needed. It's going to vary a little according to distance. The light and conditions are going to be different every time so trying to set a fill flash rule for all situations won't work. As for a starting point? I start with whatever the camera was set at the last time. I usually shoot first, look at the shot and histogram, and say "Oh,crap".
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QuoteOriginally posted by Spodeworld Quote
@Rio - When you diffuse the light, do you usually use and Flash Exposure compensation? (infant's sock...cute trick)
Depends on circumstance, distance, ambient light, etc. If the flash is the main light, I may dial it up a little. If fill, I may dial it down. Best bet is to shoot, chip, adjust.
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