I've been getting a bit frustrated lately with exposing properly using my speedlite. BTW Is it spelled speedlite or speedlight? I've always used speedlite since that's how the canon one is spellled. Anyway, I usually just set my ISO, Aperture and shutter speed (usually ss 1/60 or 1/80). There's no way I can use the meter to expose. It always says it's underexposed. Until I take the picture, then I adjust accordingly. It's kind of frustrating though. I never know what's "right". I have little to no natural light coming in my house because the layout to it is dumb and it's so dark here during winter anyway! So it will always say I'm underexposing. Then I go online and read about exposure and spot metering and to meter off my subject and go from there (but I'm guessing this is for natural light only right? and how in the world do you NOT overexpose the background when doing that? I can't imagine having to use the brush in ACR for every picture that has an overexposed background!) But if I do that with the speedlite I get a really overexposed picture or overexposed background. I'm going to be ordering a book on how to use the speedlite but for now I've just been reading stuff online. I only have the 430ex. I'm still learning about exposure and metering and all that stuff though. Sometimes shots look "ok" but I always have to adjust the exposure in ACR even though my settings are ok.
Ok this one I took last night. Settings are below. I increased my ISO thinking it would help but I get lots of noise and I used noiseware on this picture so it's not that big of a deal but I don't like to use noiseware all the time. This picture looks "ok" to me but I still feel like it could be brighter. Maybe it's just me though. But if I increase the exposure in ACR even more the background gets blown. Maybe I should have bounced the speedlite somewhere else? In this one it was pointed towards the wall on the right. I hope someone here knows what I'm talking about. If not then please CC the following picture! It's just a snap of my son. He was coloring and looked so cute and serious I tried cropping the box of crayons out but it just looked weird to me. Can try it again though. And this speedlite issue of mine was frustrating me yesterday and I didn't bother posting my letter D photo. So here it is SOOC, resized, sharpened for web. Thanks!