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Using flash on K100D super

mushmagic
Posted 18/11/2008 - 14:00 Link
Hi all

Is there anyway to reduce the flash on this model? even using 'fill-in' burns everything out.

many thanks,
mushmagic.
terje-l
Posted 18/11/2008 - 14:08 Link
On the K100D there is an item under the Record Mode menu called Flash exposure compensation, where the flash can be adjusted from -2 to +1 EV. I assume the K100D Super has the same settings.
Best regards
Terry

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serendipity
Posted 18/11/2008 - 14:35 Link
Try a home made diffuser, plastic from a milk bottle or something, or even kitchen tissue works to a degree Or try something that's not as translucent and bounce the light.


Mick
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mushmagic
Posted 18/11/2008 - 15:08 Link
thank you terry, there is compensation values, did not think that would lessen intesity of falsh though! I'll change that.

regards,
mushmagic
mushmagic
Posted 18/11/2008 - 15:10 Link
hi serendipity, may seem a silly question but how can you bounce the flash without moving the camera? should I have mentioned its the on board flash?!

many thanks,
mushmagic
beakynet
Posted 18/11/2008 - 15:15 Link
Sounds like you are flashing at full power, try adjusting the apature which will control flash output with respect to distance to subject.

It works something like this (I think) - if your flash is rated 11m at F5.6 and ISO100, then if the subject distance is 5m you should use F8 at 100ISO. Anyway, hope you get what I mean. I have assumed you are using the pop-up flash here.
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serendipity
Posted 18/11/2008 - 16:01 Link
mushmagic wrote:
hi serendipity, may seem a silly question but how can you bounce the flash without moving the camera? should I have mentioned its the on board flash?!

many thanks,
mushmagic

You will have to fix, (temporary) or hold the piece of plastic (if this is what you use) at a angle in front of the built in flash. Then click away
You will have to experiment with different opacities and different angles, until you get your desired effect. Try it with a sheet of A4 paper ( two,three,or four thickness, depending on desired opacity and amount of bounce required)) then fold them in half or thirds for varying results Hope this makes sense


Mick
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mushmagic
Posted 18/11/2008 - 16:35 Link
beakynet wrote:
Sounds like you are flashing at full power, try adjusting the apature which will control flash output with respect to distance to subject.

It works something like this (I think) - if your flash is rated 11m at F5.6 and ISO100, then if the subject distance is 5m you should use F8 at 100ISO. Anyway, hope you get what I mean. I have assumed you are using the pop-up flash here.

ah, got it, just close down my aperture.

thanks, mushmagic
mushmagic
Posted 18/11/2008 - 16:37 Link
serendipity wrote:
mushmagic wrote:
hi serendipity, may seem a silly question but how can you bounce the flash without moving the camera? should I have mentioned its the on board flash?!

many thanks,
mushmagic

You will have to fix, (temporary) or hold the piece of plastic (if this is what you use) at a angle in front of the built in flash. Then click away
You will have to experiment with different opacities and different angles, until you get your desired effect. Try it with a sheet of A4 paper ( two,three,or four thickness, depending on desired opacity and amount of bounce required)) then fold them in half or thirds for varying results Hope this makes sense


Mick

yip, does make sense now!

think i'd only use that method though for static shots.

many thanks, mushmagic

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