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You should avoid blasting a subject with a flash in low light. (I was not speaking of shooting in total darkness, which may be necessary.)

In low light a better approach is to reduce the flash output, which is possible on many of today’s accessory flash units while shooting in the TTL (Through The Lens) automatic exposure mode.

In low-light situations, while in the TTL mode, you can usually reduce the output of my flash by 1 stop or 11/3 stops. This reduction in flash output produces a very natural looking picture--without harsh shadows and without washing out highlights on the subject. This technique is used only when the natural light level is
high enough for a natural light exposure. If it were not high enough, using this technique would produce an underexposed picture. Therefore, when the light level is too low, use your flash at full power. Usually…and here’s why. When photographing a person in near or total darkness, and your subject does not fill the frame,  reduce the flash output. Otherwise, the subject would most likely be overexposed because the flash exposure system would “think” that the entire frame (including the area behind my subject) needs to be illuminated. The result would be an overexposed subject.

Shoot on full power, again in the TTL mode, when the subject fills the frame, and remember the photo adage, “The name of the game is to fill the frame.”

Remember to fill the frame in TTL flash photography and you’ll virtually be guaranteed of a properly exposed picture. Exceptions are when your subject is bright white, very dark, or highly reflective. In these situations, We recommend taking exposures over and under the recommended setting to ensure the results you want.**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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