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| p.1 #6 · Example of good flash, vs. bad flash technique |
Those are the only 2 shots i had that were seconds apart, where they were in the same position...and where you could see where the 2nd shooter was standing in the frame...that's the only reason i picked those 2 shots....but the photos are just examples of knowing how to balance flash/ambient, and how the light fall-off is terrible, almost like direct flash, with a fong dong and the wrong settings.....
Agreed, however, I think this is also about choice. There are times when balancing the ambient and flash will really kill the atmosphere, and having an image (in some way) closer to your second's image (meaning letting in less ambient) would be more effective. That is of course a personal choice / taste as much as anything.
As far as technique, I'd avoid aperture priority completely. I think I'd only go there if I suddenly round myself in a new lighting and had to capture something very quickly. But that would be very, very rare. If I'm indoors and need flash you can be pretty certain I've been there a while and will have scouted out lighting already.