|Photo #1: 1/500, F 11.0, ISO 200, Aperture Priority, Exposure Compensation -1 stop|
Party School: The Adult School has a large non-native speaking population. As such, learning English can sometimes include lesson in American culture, as it was on this Friday before Valentine's Day. The school was heading into a three-day President's Day weekend, and the general feel was just a bit festive.
Since I really wasn't out to "win a Pulitzer", I decided to just shoot some fun shots that would test the ability of N-TTL speedlights to effectively lighten the shadows. The camera was a Nikon D70 with a 2.8 24mm Nikkor prime and my SB-30 mounted in the hotshoe. Because the SB-30 hadn't been neutered, I would be forced to limit my shutter speed to 1/500 of a second or slower. Despite this, I set my the body to Aperture Priority, which would allow me some freedom if I moved out of the direct sunlight and into the shade. But for all intents and purposes, I was shooting in the manual mode, since the shots never went below 1/500 when I shot in the sunlight. The speedlight was not set to F11, but rather to F 5.6 to minimize any overexposure caused by the fill light overlapping the areas illuminated by direct sunlight. Photo #1 is typical of the photos made with this setup.
|Photo #3: 1/800, F10, ISO 200, Aperture Priority, Exposure Compensation -1 stop|
|Photo #4: 1/500, F 10.0, ISO 200, Aperture Priority, Exposure Compensation -1 stop|
|Photo #5: 1/250, F10, ISO 200, Aperture Priority, Exposure Compensation -1 stop|
|Photo #6: 1/200, F 10.0, ISO 200, Aperture Priority, Exposure Compensation -1 stop|
On-camera speedlight fill is a useful techniques when photographing outdoors. It is almost a requirement for event photographers who must provide photographs that are both salable to the subjects and reproducible in the society pages of the local newspapers. I'll talk more about light modifiers for on-camera flash in a future posting. In the mean time, here's one on the Gary Fong Light Sphere.