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Low or No Ambient Light

Hi Everyone 
I know Neil  written an article about  this , but I had a hard time finding it.
So Im going to ask what happens if you in a reception and you have very low  or no Ambient light .
Would you still try and expose for the ambient light or would you  ignore the ambient light.
In this shot there was very little ambient light and Im not quit ensure how to handle  it.
I don't want to lower my shutter speed so low that it smears image ( sorry about blurring out faces )

D3s SS 1/160  F 4.5 @ ISO 6400 FEC +0.7


Lou Recine
Owner Matrix Photography
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  • Neil vNNeil vN Administrator
    Nope ... I would get proper settings that give me enough DoF ... which might very well under-expose the ambient, and then I let TTL flash pick up the difference and give me proper exposure. 
  • Thanks  Neil, for the info. So would you would increase ISO for greater  Flash exposure ?

    Lou Recine
    Owner Matrix Photography

  • Neil vNNeil vN Administrator
    Have you run out of power on your flash?

    Raising the ISO pulls up the flash and the ambient ... while you might not want to pull up the ambient.  It truly depends on where you are and what look you are trying to achieve ... and what the limitations are of the place. 
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