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Fill Flash In Strong Backlit Conditions


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richlewt Registered since 24th Oct 2012
Mon 29-Apr-13 11:41 AM

I was wondering if anyone would be able to offer some advice for the following scenario.
I am soon to take some wedding beach photos soon. I will be using D7000/SB700 and have a hand held meter capable of measuring flash.
I would like to maybe have a backlit shot on the beach with the sky properly exposed and natural looking fill flash on the bride. I guess (using sunny 16) I am going to be around 1/400th at f8 iso 100.
I can take a reading from North sky which will get that part right and obviously will underexpose the subject. I could set flash to auto and play with flash compensation but I want something a bit more controllable.
My meter can measure flash and give the % of ambient to flash, I would like the flash to be no more than about 30% against the ambient.
So is it a question of setting camera at 1/400th f8 (this will engage FP flash setting), setting light meter speed to 1/400th and adjust the flash distance so that the meter reads f8 30%?