When shooting a wedding recently several of the images were terribly overexposed, then 20 or so were okay, then 5 more blown out, then thirty okay, then more extremely overexposed and so on. The overexposed images were to the point that the entire frame was almost entirely white. The flash is nearly three years old. I am shooting using direct ttl and have never had a problem before. Any suggestions????
it could be possible that the light sensor (the device under the red transparent plastic) in front of the flash is already failing. to test,set the camera mode to auto then cover the sensor with your hand and do some test shots, the images should be overexposed if the sensor is covered, then shoot some photos without covering the sensor, the images should be properly exposed , otherwise it might already be a light sensor failure .
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You may have the exposure compensation settings overexposing you images. Since it compensates without affecting the image prior to shooting, you won't see it until after the image is taken. Check that and the flash exposure compensation too.
If these are like "bubble" spots and they appear in different places on each photo, I'm guessing you're shooting flash pictures indoors. The spots are dust particles in the air reflecting the flash. This happens on small point-and -shoots because the flash is almost in the same plane as the lens.
So, the problem doesn't seem to be the flash if the actual subject in
the foreground is exposed properly. My guess is that the background is
being lit by another light source. Typically, your camera uses a flash
for dark areas or what it gauges as a dark area. This doesn't adjust
the background for additional light sources. For example, if you're
standing outside and there's a tree covering someone that you're taking
a picture of your flash will adjust to "properly" light that
individual. However, because the flash was used for the main subject,
the background is actually now overexposed. The overexposed background
will show up as a brightly lit area because the camera had to adjust
for the foreground. This will actually reverse itself when it's dark
out - meaning if the background and foreground are dark, the flash will
expose the foreground, but the background will be black. Hopefully,
that helps you understand lighting and exposure. Now, to fix this
problem when shooting, you would need to consider several options - 1.
SLR camera with aperture and f-stop settings as well as compensation
controls. This will allow you to control every element of the exposure, but you still need to be aware of the lighting behind the "subject" to properly expose your shots. 2. backlighting compensation - common settings on both SLR and point and shoot cameras that makes auto lighting conversions for backlighting and other common lighting issues. Test whatever options are on your camera to see what works best for your specific problem. 3. Photoshop retouching - you may take one shot with your subject exposed properly and a second shot with the background then merge the images together. 4. using
a tripod to shoot without using the flash - this may give you the closest exposure to exactly what you see when looking at your subject.
If you're using the forced flash setting, it may be too bright. Try setting the flash to Auto. If you're facing a bright light source, you may need to shoot your picture from a different angle. Use Image Expert to adjust the picture's brightness, as described on page 9-4. Set user mode to Manual and adjust the camera's exposure setting.
Recently this happened to me just as I was walking in a church to shoot a wedding (major bummer). I had to rush and get my film backup for this. Anyway, this problem has ocurred with several examples of the S2 pro including mine, one other than mine that I know personally. The problem is the sensor. I quickly shipped to Fuji and they fixed the problem. I just got my camera back and so far it is working fine. Time will tell. I had to pay for the shipping only and turnaround was quick (1 week). By the way the camera was already out of warranty, but they gave a 3 month warranty after the repair.