A few days ago, I experienced for the first time, indoor flash photography with a 580ex flash on my 50D (thanks to ones of you suggested me such speedlight!)
it was my new niece baptism. In matter of photography, it has been a baptism to me, nice and hard at the same time. I try to summarize my experience in order to receive your feedback, as always, criticism and comments are very welcomed!
So first of all I tried some test shots with flash turned off in order to set my camera for background light:
here one of those, exif says ISO1600, 1/60, f/4, Manual mode
I decided to not open more than f/4 in order to have enough DoF
the ambient was too much dark but I decided to not increase ISO to 3200asa to avoid noise. So I decided for a bounced flash light (TTL mode) as the primary light. Below a test shot (same exif data)
than I "trimmed" my camera every time the condition was changing, sometimes lowering ISO to 800, and/or reducing a bit the shutter speed.
I achieved some bad shots, like the one below, where I didn't flag my flash well: persons on the right are overexposed and lit by too direct light, and the persons to the left vice versa.
But this setting delivered some good lighting, at least from my point of view.
Finally, what (I think) was wrong
- when I bounce my flash, I must be more careful at the distance from surface to subjects
- I could use slower shutter speed if flash is the primary light as the flash freeze the motion
- I can decrease ISO when shooting portrait if a darker background could help to enhance the subject
- I need a gray card to WB with bounced light in order to balance the color cast
what (I think) was good
- The choice for bounced light and the position of some of the surfaces
- The choice of camera settings (excluding some few cases)
- Increase/decrease ISO considering changes of background light and speedlight’s recycling time
And now what do you think??
Thanks a lot for viewing and commenting!!
Have a nice day