fill in flash, how to do it?

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by divoch, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. divoch

    divoch Guest

    I have bought new Canon powershot A720 IS camera. It is not just a point and
    shoot but it does not have a specific setting for fill-in flash. Apart from
    fully automatic everything there is a specific Flash setting, which I assume
    means that the camera will turn on and fire flash every time even in
    daylight. Then there is flash compensation selection. Camera has also
    exposure compensation etc.

    So, if I want to take picture of an object with backlighting do I turn on
    Flash and set it to say -2 stops and hope for the best?

    Best regards
    divoch
     
    divoch, Aug 2, 2008
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    Woody Guest


    Most of them are clever enough to fill-in for backlighting
    automatically, especially if you put it in auto mode.

    If it has various selections, put the metering to spot (rather than
    centre-weighted or matrix) and it will meter the dark subject and expose
    accordingly for the flash.
     
    Woody, Aug 2, 2008
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  3. On Sat, 2 Aug 2008, divoch wrote:

    d> So, if I want to take picture of an object with backlighting do I turn on
    d> Flash and set it to say -2 stops and hope for the best?
    d>

    You need to make the camera expose for the background but also fire the
    flash. It will probably do this if you use forced-flash-on mode as long
    as you can be sure that the camera is not compensating for the flash. If
    there is a slow sync mode for the flash, use that instead. Like you have
    already said, if the flash is too bright turn, it down.

    You should discover what your forced flash mode does. Whilst sitting in
    your living room, point your camera with the flash switched off, at some
    object in the room. Note the aperture, speed and, if the iso is adusted
    automatically, that as well. Then turn on forced flash. If the aperture
    etc change, then that mode is no good for you. Now do it using slow
    sync mode. That should be OK.

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    Alan Clifford, Aug 3, 2008
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  4. divoch

    Geoff Berrow Guest

    I've been considering one of these, as a pocketable camera. From the
    review there doesn't seem much against it apart from the plasticky feel
    and the cheapish viewfinder. What do you think?

    Ideally I'm looking for something that will produce good pics, fit in
    the pocket, have a viewfinder (my eyes aren't good enough to use an LCD.
    Either that or my arms are too short...). The Ixuses looked good but
    the viewfinder was really slated.
     
    Geoff Berrow, Aug 3, 2008
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  5. divoch

    divoch Guest

    I have had it only for a few days and only just finished going through the
    manual
    and made few photos*
    As you did I narrowed my choice down
    after some fairly extensive research. I think it looks better that I
    expected.
    Viewfinder is basic (it is not SLR) but one has to be thankful for one as
    this is
    becoming quite rare on compacts, particularly when
    you want also some manual controls. There are all the creative/ manual
    controls
    you can reasonably wish for in a compact camera.
    I have now got to the stage in my life that I do not want to always lug
    with me
    a camera bag with SLR and lenses but do not want to have just point and
    shoot
    compact. This looks as good choice in that respect and yes, I also wanted to
    have an optical viewfinder as reading the LCD screen in full sun can be
    pain.
    * with the supplied memory card you ca get just about 6 of them

    divoch
     
    divoch, Aug 3, 2008
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  6. divoch

    divoch Guest

    Thanks for the advice. There is what is called Slow Synchro Function.
    Manual goes into how to turn it ON but all it says about it is this:
    "You can shoot with the flash at slow shutter speeds. This is handy
    for shooting at night or under artificial lighting conditions"

    regards
    divoch
     
    divoch, Aug 3, 2008
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  7. divoch

    Woody Guest


    I wanted a proper optical viewfinder like my Olympus 5050 has, but they
    are not to be found - in which case go for a camera that has one!

    That limits you to Canon and Sony and not much else. If you go for Sony
    then the W55 or W200 which are slightly older models but first class,
    but if you can find one (and there are still some around) go for the
    Canon Ixus 70. I say one yesterday (at Curry's I think) for 1p under a
    ton. I have the Ixus 60 and a Fuji F47fd, the latter not having a
    viewfinder but does have face detection (which was why I bought it.) The
    Ixus 65 superseded the 60 with face detection, then the 70 superseded
    both with fd and a bigger screen and maybe 7Mp. It also has quite a
    number of manual facilities, but above all it has a lens that is capable
    of handling the resolution - of which many are not.
     
    Woody, Aug 3, 2008
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  8. divoch

    Geoff Berrow Guest

    I tried it out and compared it with the Ixus. Neither viewfinder was
    anything to write home about but I did like the compact size and quality
    feel of the Ixus. So though I was very tempted by the A720 IS I have
    finally gone for the Ixus 80IS
     
    Geoff Berrow, Aug 10, 2008
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  9. divoch

    divoch Guest

    Enjoy your new camera.
    divoch
     
    divoch, Aug 14, 2008
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