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10-21-2009, 06:31 AM   #1
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effectively using on board or external flash?

Is this possible? I'm finding that I'm having some frustration in my picture taking right with the fall/winter season upon us. I'm trying to get some decent pictures of my kids inside and with my km I seem to get massive amounts of noise at iso400 so I'm leary to bump it up more. I know that I need more light but even with every light in the house on its difficult. I'm shooting with a sigma 17-70mm 2.8 and with kids I don't want to drop the shutter speed much. Is there a way to use my on board flash or my external flash without having the kids look like they're in a tunnel or with the deer in headlights look?

10-21-2009, 06:52 AM   #2
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Go to Strobist to learn everything you want about flash photography...
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To answer your question more directly : Bounce!!!

- Direct the flash toward a white surface (ceiling, wall, anything!)
- up your iso to a level you're comfortable with (don't go all the way to 100, or you'll kill all the ambient light!)... 400 iso should be good with a properly exposed flash... (and this will have the added benefits of lower battery drain AND faster recycling times!)
- lower your shutter speed as much as you can...
- forget on-board flash (except if you can use it as a commander for wireless flash)

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