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06-21-2008, 10:06 AM   #1
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Slow flash - fill in flash - k100d

Hi guys,
I must say that I'm a bit confused about flash features.
I have a k100d and from time to time I have to use the pop-up flash.
Unfortunately I'm always displeased about the final results. Often it overexposes in the foreground and details in the background are completely lost.
So I started to read about fill-in flash, slow flash (rear-curtain/front curtain) and such things but I'm bit confused. Can somebody shed some light on it? I have tried to use Tv program and increase exposure times with the flash up... is this the way it is supposed to work slow flash? Maybe is it better to use some flash exposure compensation in this case?

06-21-2008, 10:57 AM   #2
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Just a suggestion here. If you don't want the foreground too bright and the background too dark then simply increase the ISO to 400 or even 800. Give it a try.
06-21-2008, 11:35 AM   #3
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I was already using a ISO 800 or even 1600...
06-21-2008, 01:46 PM   #4
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I'm not an expert, but try this.
(I have a K20 so it may differnently on your camera.)
with the flash down, take an exposure reading on the background only if you can.
then pop the flash up and take the picture. If the foreground is too dark, I dial down the amount of the flash.
let me know if that helps.

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Soalle, I'll assume you've read the manual section on using the built-in flash, and that the brief discussion there didn't clarify things sufficiently to give you a feeling of control. If so, a bit of further learning, demonstrated with photos showing the results, might be helpful to you. May I suggest starting here: planet neil - tangents flash photography techniques

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