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Old 11-30-2007   #11
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mmm i get what your saying (yes I am metering each seperate to get the ratio 2:1)
but when to say "if you main = f:8.0 and your fill is 5.6(-1stop)" I go from F8.0 to F7.1 -F6.3 - F5.6 which is the two stops that i have.
f:8.0 to f:5.6 is only ONE FULL stop. the other numbers are 2/3 and 1/2 stops. Not sure about the 2/3, but it looks right.
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Use your spot meter to meter off a grey card and then read the histogram. Adjust accordingly. The camera's spot should be the most accurate measure. Flash meter may get you close but it may not be calibrated to your camera. For example, my lastest body requires about 1/2 stop more light than my other bodies. If I set my camera based on the flash meter, I will be one half stop under.
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I`m thinking now along the lines that the lights are too close to subject tried another shot using bounced brollys and it came out much better using the info from here.
And you might be perfectly correct. One reason I was wondering how close the light source was.

Moving the light source farther away, will even out and reduce the contrast on the whole subject, making things more in range exposure wise.
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What you mean by adjusting flash exposure? I think you should post your problem shot. Would be much simpler to see where the problem is.


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