Question about Pentax K100D Digital Camera
When I shoot indoors with flash my Pentax K100D the picture seems a little dark over 20 feet away but it seems to work .
I have just started experimenting with my K100D to figure out how to trick the camera into giving me better indoor pictures in exactly this situation.
I haven't perfected it yet, but this is where I currently am . . .
1) Turn on the camera.
2) Pop-up the flash.
3) On the mode dial, turn it to Night mode.
4) In the Menu function, adjust the Flash compensation to -2. This will reduce the power of your flash. (I know, it sounds backwards, but there is a logic to this.)
Here's my thought process . . .
The night mode is supposed to hold the shutter open a little after the flash goes in order to fill in some of the details in the background during dark lighting situations.
Turning down the flash will reduce the chance that the flash will burn-out (over expose) your "closer" subject matter (ie. the people you are trying to photograph.)
I have tried this indoors in my house, and I am really pleased with the results. I haven't tried it in large rooms yet, but would be interested in any feedback on anyone who tries this out.
Take care & Happy Imaging!
Posted on Jul 26, 2008
The built in flash on the K100D has guide # of 52 at iso 200 which does fine for close-up photography and as fill flash outdoors, but is not a powerful enough flash for shooting far away subjects indoors. What you probably should do is purchase an external shoe mounted flash such as the AF540FGZ which has a much higher guide number of 148 at iso 100. When shooting with flash if you are using aperture priority or full manual you can also try opening the aperture to let in more light that the flash put out, but doing this might over expose anything in the foreground.
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Posted on May 06, 2008
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