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Arkayem Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in flash photography Charter MemberThu 06-Dec-12 01:47 PM
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>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.

Hi Lynn,

To learn how to use your on-camera flash requires some very basic understanding, first, before you jump into it. You sound like an ideal candidate to read my blog on CLS. I have written very basic info on how to use your Nikon flash on-camera. I recommend you read all 19 articles in order starting here:
http://nikonclspracticalguide.blogspot.com/2008/01/nikon-flash-two-separate-metering.html

Please let us know how you are getting along with this.

Russ
Retired Professional Photographer
Nikonian Moderator
Russell MacDonald Photography
Nikon CLS Practical Guide

  

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