Minolta flash / technique question

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by John N., Sep 5, 2003.

  1. John N.

    John N. Guest

    I've got a Minolta X700 and a 360PX flash. I've typically depended on the
    TTL flash setting in program or aperture priority mode. I'm trying to learn
    a little, and my improve flash photography, especially fill flash.

    A lot of times I'm taking people pics outdoors, and I've had pretty good
    success posing them in shadows or mottled sun and using some fill flash
    (sometimes no fill, depending). But I've not always happy with the flash
    results. I've read a little about things, and there's a lot said about flash
    exposure compensation, which the 360PX apparently doesn't do. It does have
    power adjustment down to 1/16. Using that equipment, how could I reduce the
    fill flash to keep some shadows and produce a less washed out look? Do I
    need to drop down into manual mode and figger it all out the hard way?

    Any help appreciated.

    John N., Sep 5, 2003
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  2. Likely the easiest way to do this is to set the _camera_ to manual, get the
    exposure right (making sure the shutter speed is =< sync speed), and then
    set exposure comp to -1/2 to -1 or set the film speed to +1/2 to +1 stop
    higher (or set exposure comp to -1 - same thing). Leave the manual settings
    alone. This should give you correct exposure with less obvious fill.

    Mike Lipphardt, Sep 5, 2003
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  3. John N.

    Mauro Guest

    For fill-in flash with X 700

    1 - Turn off the flash
    2 - Set the Camera in M Mode at 1/60sec and, depending on the light level,
    set the proper aperture (you can use a light meter)
    3 - Turn on the flash and leave the Camera in M Mode (you can also set the
    camera in A Mode, is the same than M because the camera set the shutter at
    4 - Set the compensation exposure at -1 stop (or 1/2 stop)


    Mauro - Italy
    Mauro, Sep 5, 2003
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