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Very Basic Flash Question, please help

Lycale

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"Very Basic Flash Question, please help"

Lycale Registered since 27th Jul 2012
Wed 05-Dec-12 03:30 AM

I am trying to understand flash photography. I use a D800 with an SB600 flash and TTL mode. I read a book on On- board flash by Neil Van Niekirk. I also looked at the Strobist site and read Thom Hogan's advice on using flash. I am still confused!

In many cases, they suggest to expose first, usually for the ambient light, and then turn on the flash. I use manual exposure mode on the D800 as Van Niekirk recommends. Outside in the sun, I can easily get the meter to "zero out" in the center, indicating a perfect exposure. (Hogan says that you then MIGHT want to underexpose by a stop or two to make the ambient light darker.) This is all fine for fill flash used outdoors. However, when I try to get a perfect exposure --zero at the center on the meter bar--using manual exposure indoors where there is much less light, I can't get the exposure meter to go to zero, even with a wide-open aperture. The camera ALWAYS indicates underexposure and requires flash. Then I have no idea what to do to get a proper ambient light exposure. I also then do not know what settings to use when I turn on the flash. Of course, I know that a smaller aperture allows for greater depth of field while a wider one blurs the background. I also understand that a faster shutter speed freezes action better and reduces blur. I am afraid to raise the ISO too high because of noise. I would SO much appreciate help in understanding what to do and how to set the best shutter speed and aperture when I can't get the meter bar to go to zero to indicate a perfect exposure.

Finally, I often have to take the photo handheld since I am following around active children. Thanks so much in advance for helping me. This is my first post to Nikonians, and I feel a little embarrassed asking for help with such an elementary issue.

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Dec 04, 2012 at 08:58 PM

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