#6. "RE: Very Basic Flash Question, please help" In response to In response to 0
Richmond Hill, GA (Savannah), US
>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.