#1. "RE: Calling Ed and other flash gurus..." In response to Reply # 0
LAST EDITED ON Nov-07-01 AT 07:24 PM (GMT)
Are the photos underexposed, or just the meter reading?
If you put your F100 / N80 / F5, etc... in A mode with the flash on, it will give you a meter reading as if the flash were off.
The photos will turn out just fine... Trust me. For example, if you have your camera in P mode with flash on, note the shutter and f-stop. Now, put your camera in A or S or M mode and set it to the same readings that were showing in P. The meter will show you what the readings would be had the flash been off.
Your camera is fine, and this is the way it is supposed to read.
Turns out the underexposure is what you get for an ambient light reading. Nikon must have set the shutter speed of 1/60 as a balance between a fast shutter and long enough of a shutter to drink in the available light (without being so slow that camera shake can play a role). Unfortunately it can show up as an underexposure on the meter. All is ok when you fire the flash. The flash takes care of lighting your subject. The shutter speed takes care of the background exposure.
Thanks guys for your suggestions!
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