reading a book in classroom.
Technical data: Photo taken with a Nikon SLR film camera and Sigma
28-70mm f2.8 lens; tripod mounted, available light with manual
fill-flash. Approximate exposure in manual mode 1/60 second at f5.6 -
Fuji Sensia 400 transparency film. No lens filters were used.
Film was scanned using Minolta
Dimage series film scanner. Photo file was routinely optimized using
Photoshop; levels and curves, color balance, sharpening, cropping and
dust spot removal using clone tool. I use a Mac for all photo
It's possible and easy to use fill-flash indoors. This technique is
useful when you wish the background to appear "natural" and not too
bright or dark compared with your main subject. Just choose either
Manual or Shutter Preferred camera exposure mode, set your exposure,
turn on the flash and go to it.
If you were to use Auto or Program
camera mode with your flash the main subject would be properly lit but
the background would typically be too dark. That's because the camera
and flash will default to about 1/60 of a second combined with whatever
f-stop is needed to expose the main subject properly - background be
damned. If the background needs more or less exposure you're out of
luck with these settings.
Using Manual or Shutter Preferred
camera exposure mode allows you to select the optimum shutter speed and
aperture to properly expose the background. Then you can puff in a
little flash to your main subject to give it some snap. Use caution
around fluorescent lighting; your exposure meter will underestimate the
exposure needed so boost it about 1/2 stop, then set your flash
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