In a quest for depth of field, I have been shooting flash (in camera) in manual mode: usually leave at 1/60, apeature about 1.5 stops off maximum and ISO at 400 or 800 as a general setting. Of course, I have to pay attention to the flash indicator that I got a good exposure.
Does anyone have a go to set up for just casual shooting?
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Chris Platt Nikonian since 30th Sep 2012Sun 22-Sep-13 12:47 PM
I don't understand your question or what you are trying to accomplish. Effects you might want to achieve with DOF manipulation are very dependent on the subject/situation.
What is your subject? Are you trying to maximize or minimize DOF? Why? Flash may or may not be relevant to the solution.
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briantilley Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003Sun 22-Sep-13 01:11 PM
The phrase "maximum aperture" usually refers to the widest opening of the diaphragm (smallest number). Is that what you meant?
If what you want is to increase Depth of Field whilst not having to worry too much about other settings, I would select Aperture priority and an aperture of maybe f/8, and raise the ISO if required.
If you're less worried about DoF, I find Program mode with Auto ISO turned off works quite well for "casual shooting" with the built-in flash if your subject is relatively close. You'll always get better results with a dedicated Speedlight, though.
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Al G Registered since 17th Nov 2012Sun 22-Sep-13 05:15 PM
I meant that if you do flash photography in Auto / Program mode, the aperature is set to wide open (realize that is the smaller aperture number) and 1/60.
I assume the better mode is to shoot aperture mode, set about 1.5 stops off wide open, and set ISO to 400 or 800. This is what I have been doing as a starting point. I wonder what others do. Of course, then you just need to be sure you do not shoot beyond your flash range.
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ScottChapin Charter MemberSun 22-Sep-13 09:40 PM
That can be a DOF nightmare. When I'm grabbing shots, I like to shoot in A mode at f/5.6. If outdoors in contrasty situations, I will go with P mode and iTTL-BL.
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