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D7100 Using SB-910 Dark Photos

adrezs

Tullamarine, AU
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adrezs Registered since 20th Jul 2013
Sat 20-Jul-13 09:15 AM

Sorry this may be a stupid question, I did a search but couldn't find anything on this topic for D7000 or D7100
Just got the camera, brilliant so far, haven't had a chance to read any in depth articles on the intricacies of the settings.
I have purchased David Busch's Nikon D7100 Guide to Digital SLR Photography eBook so I need to start reading.

I have taken some photos of a female friend indoors not much clothing and I am finding that the skin appears very dark, there is enough natural light, using the SB-910, Auto mode, Program mode and even aperture Priority mode set to the highest Aperture (lowest number), Auto ISO.
I know I should be making adjustments, but also should be able to just set to auto and leave it ...
All seem to be dark with unnatural skin tones, I need to use Photoshop elements using Auto adjust and then the skin tones appear to be correct

I am sure I need to adjust one of the settings but which one I am not sure.

Any advice ?

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luckyphoto

Port Charlotte, US
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#1. "RE: D7100 Using SB-910 Dark Photos" | In response to Reply # 0

luckyphoto Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Dec 2010
Sat 20-Jul-13 08:52 AM

Welcome to the Nikonians. There could be multiple reasons why you're having issues using a flash. One good starting place would be to provide a sample photo with the EXIF data to analyze.

How does the camera perform without the flash? Do you have the flash attached to the hot shoe or are you trying to use Nikon's Creative Lighting System with the flash off-camera? What was the shutter speed, ISO and aperture of some of the photos?

Once you provide a bit more data it will be much easier to help you.

Thanks,

Larry

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DaddySS

Woodcliff Lake NJ, US
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DaddySS Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 26th Dec 2006
Sat 20-Jul-13 09:55 AM

What mode is the 910 in? TTL and TTL BL give very different results. Also there is an excellent write up in the articles section on various aspects of flash.

Richard

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RLDubbya

US
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RLDubbya Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Dec 2011
Sat 20-Jul-13 12:33 PM

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Any advice?
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Read fellow Nikonian Russ MacDonald's blog on Nikon's CLS.

http://nikonclspracticalguide.blogspot.com/2008/01/nikon-flash-two-separate-metering.html

Toby01

El Sobrante, US
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#4. "RE: D7100 Using SB-910 Dark Photos" | In response to Reply # 0

Toby01 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Nov 2012
Sat 20-Jul-13 01:41 PM

For flash use, you also need to turn off auto_ISO. Otherwise the camera will increase the ISO as far as possible before letting the flash contribute to the exposure. In other words, the metering system does not consider what the flash will contribute, so it tries to get a good exposure based on aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Flash is then added. If your model is very pale and the background is light, you might need to add some exposure compensation because the camera is trying to expose for a middle grey tone.

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