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    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!

    ISO 1250, f/3.2, SS 1/80 (30mm 1.4 lens)

    Mikael coloring by loidaeg, on Flickr

    the only dinosaur toy I had laying around according to ACR the white part of the bone is blown. ISO 800, f/6.3, SS (1/60)

    D is for... by loidaeg, on Flickr
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    Do my pictures look properly exposed to you though? Or underexposed?
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    I'm on my phone :0)
    Btw I always write speedlite.. I use canon

    I was told the speedlite can't shoot slower than 1/200
    I have no idea about that though or if that matters

    But when I was shown an example no matter what shutter he set the camera to
    It always use 1/200 or 1/250. ???

    But I did learn a new trick when bouncing it
    To use black foam from the craft store to make a flag so that your
    Subject only gets bounced light and not any stray light
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    I think your pics look proper, but yes the bone is blown slightly.

    I have an old old speedlight that someone gave me, and I've got no clue how to adjust my settings, so I'm hoping to learn something too!





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    Oh, I am getting so incredibly frustrated with my speedlite as well. I cannot for the life of me figure out the darn thing. Your photos look so much better than mine do. I have the 430exII. I don't know what in the world I'm doing wrong with it. They always come out very yellow looking and underexposed.

    To me, your photos look properly exposed.
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    thanks everyone...

    marcie... (now someone correct me if i'm wrong) but I believe anything around (1/60) to (1/80) or something like this is called dragging the shutter. Why wouldn't it be able to go under (1/200)? I mean the flash freezes motion? I've always done it this way with the speedlite. Boy I'll be kicking myself If I've been doing it wrong this whole time I've seen others do the same though so now I'm confused. Hmm...And I've read about the black foam trick. I tried it once but I didn't like it. I might try it again. I like whatever I'm shooting to look as natural as possible.

    now my question is....does a little blown part in the bone really matter much or is it something I should worry about? I mean, it's blown but it's such a small spot?

    I just joined clickinmoms and I hope to get some answers to this whole speedlite thing soon
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    I'm on my iphone too but exposure looks ok to me. Of course, being on phone wouldn't give a confident answer.

    I have no idea about speedlites I'm afraid

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    I have NO clue when it comes to speedlites. I have an ancient one from my parents old camera. haha, still trying to figure it out.

    However, the pictures looked properly exposed to me. And for the bone being blown...it doesn't bother me at all, it's such a small part of the picture, ya know?

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    Ok, I am sooooo following this thread! I think your photo looks properly exposed. I think it's perfect! As for the dinosaur photo- the blown bone does not bother me whatsoever.
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