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BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/18/2004

sharp focus AND get the background

in order to get the colors of the background lights, I shoot slow w/slow sync flash. BUT I also want to keep the foreground (the girl) in good sharp focus. so far my pics have a crappy quality look to them when I try this!

what am I doing wrong?

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12/4/2004 2:31:30 AM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/18/2004

~at f5.6 1/80 frontsync, I completely blacken the background even tho the subject is well-focused.

~at 4.5 1/5 slowsync, I get the nice colors and lights in the background, but my subjects aren't nearly as sharp.

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12/4/2004 2:42:30 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  At 1/5 second, your subject has to remain completely motionless to get a sharp photo...even with flash, since any movement before (or after) the flash burst will also record.
Have you tried a higher ISO setting?
That would permit a faster speed at the same aperture and yield the same resulting exposure,..(with a little more grain or "noise", though).

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12/4/2004 2:59:18 PM

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