Flash with Olympus C7070

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Alan McGrath, Sep 26, 2005.

  1. Alan McGrath

    Alan McGrath Guest

    Hi all,

    Yesterday I joined a group to have birthday lunch with one of the members, I
    was elected to take the photos, I decided to use my digital Olympus C-7070.
    Knowing that there would be a lot of available light in the restaurant I
    elected to use "Flash on" rather than risk the meter being fooled by the
    available light if I had the flash set on auto. To say that I was
    disappointed with the results is an understatement. Sure, the flash fired
    for all the shots, but there was a general lack of illumination.

    The camera manual states that the flash settings are Auto, flash on/fill
    flash, flash off, slow flash etc. If I want "Flash on" does this mean I
    have to compensate but "turning up the wick"? I can set the camera to give
    me up to 2 stops "overexposure" with the flash.

    I would be most interested in any comments from others who have used flash
    in this way be it with Olympus or any other brand.

    Alan McGrath, Sep 26, 2005
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  2. Alan McGrath

    Ken Weitzel Guest

    Hi Alan...

    Sorry to hear your shots were disappointing - been there, done that.

    I *think* what happens is your camera - instead of reading ambient light
    and setting itself appropriately, says to itself... hey, it's darkish
    in here, but that's OK, because at the moment of exposure it'll be nice
    and bright. So, it sets itself for that eventuality.

    What goes really, really wrong is that in a party-ish situation the
    flash doesn't do much worthwhile at all, and you end up with what you
    (we) did. :(

    My workarounds so far are two: If ambient is at all close enough for
    the wide shots, I make do with what I have, and forget the flash.

    The second for the wide shots is to use the a/s/m mode, force a bit of
    overexposure, and take many, many varied shots at +.3, +1, +2, etc.
    Hey, it's digital, there's no cost at all :)

    Hope this is helpful, but hope even more that the pro's among us have
    better ideas :)

    Take care.

    Ken Weitzel, Sep 26, 2005
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  3. Alan McGrath

    Alan McGrath Guest

    Hi Ken,

    Many thanks for your comments. I can see where you are coming from when
    you say to forget about the flash and just use ambient. Sure I could try
    that but the reason I prefer flash is to eliminate any possibility of camera

    Thanks again

    Alan McGrath, Sep 26, 2005
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