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Nailing Position | Distance in Lighting 102

Posted on: 5 July 2007

lighting102-again.jpgThank you everyone who made helpful suggestions. I think I’ve finally got it. I understand my camera and my flash and even better, I’m understanding how to use them together.

From top to bottom:
1.) ISO 100; Flash 8 ft.; 1/250 sec. at f/8.0.
2.) ISO 100; Flash 6 ft.; 1/250 sec. at f/11.0.
3.) ISO 100; Flash 4 ft.; 1/250 sec. at f/16.0.
4.) ISO 100; Flash 2 ft.; 1/250 sec. at f/32.0

While there is a lot to be learned from the instructor, remember the banter among students is also extremely valuable. I read through all of the discussion posts before and after posting my “experiments” and was so grateful for feedback from students who could see and understand the difficulties I was having.

I originally used AV mode to get the exposure settings and then once I had an f-stop to begin with I moved to M mode and began shooting to my hearts content. The photos posted here are without any editing from Lightroom or Photoshop. Normally I would do a little “touch up” before posting for the public to view. I guess this is yet another example of perfecting your shot as you take it, as Stephen Johnson recently talked about in Canon’s Photography in the Park workshop.


Update: Just when I thought I was getting somewhere, I’m getting emails about the exposure not being even. I could do this by using an umbrella. However, my understanding was that we weren’t getting to that stuff yet and so it was just learning to use the flash alone. It looks like I may give it one more try.


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