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3825 SE 10th Ave.
Cape Coral FL 33904

All photographs copyright Harry Cutting. All rights reserved.

Girl reading a book in school classroom.
Caption: Girl reading a book in classroom.

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Technical data: Photo taken with a Nikon SLR film camera and Sigma 28-70mm f2.8 lens; tripod mounted, available light with manual fill-flash. Approximate exposure in manual mode 1/60 second at f5.6 - Fuji Sensia 400 transparency film. No lens filters were used.

Film was scanned using Minolta Dimage series film scanner. Photo file was routinely optimized using Photoshop; levels and curves, color balance, sharpening, cropping and dust spot removal using clone tool. I use a Mac for all photo processing.

Comments: It's possible and easy to use fill-flash indoors. This technique is useful when you wish the background to appear "natural" and not too bright or dark compared with your main subject. Just choose either Manual or Shutter Preferred camera exposure mode, set your exposure, turn on the flash and go to it.

If you were to use Auto or Program camera mode with your flash the main subject would be properly lit but the background would typically be too dark. That's because the camera and flash will default to about 1/60 of a second combined with whatever f-stop is needed to expose the main subject properly - background be damned. If the background needs more or less exposure you're out of luck with these settings.

Using Manual or Shutter Preferred camera exposure mode allows you to select the optimum shutter speed and aperture to properly expose the background. Then you can puff in a little flash to your main subject to give it some snap. Use caution around fluorescent lighting; your exposure meter will underestimate the exposure needed so boost it about 1/2 stop, then set your flash normally.

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