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    in a slightly dim room, do you take the pictures with flash or up the ISO?

    So when do you use the flash?

    What is the major different othe than the noise, eg, color variants, between shooting with a flash and without a flash, that means up the iso.

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    When it comes to portraits for me, I will see whether the light is casted upon the subject or the light is casting a shadow on the subject.
    I will pump ISO when its the former case, and use flash for the latter

    Also, the flash must be used carefully so as not to 'flatten' the face (as flash straight to the face usually will make the face less defined)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohok1973 View Post
    in a slightly dim room, do you take the pictures with flash or up the ISO?

    So when do you use the flash?

    What is the major different othe than the noise, eg, color variants, between shooting with a flash and without a flash, that means up the iso.
    What do you want to portray?

    What kind of lights in the room?

    Any gels for your flash?

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    Default Re: flash or iso

    flash if u know how to use it.
    iso if u dun.

    flash if u think it suits it.
    dun flash if it doesnt.

    dun flash if ur shooting metal faces cause it becomes blinding bright.
    unless u want it to do.

    follow the histogram. darks on the left, whites on the right. grey is in the middle. and oh god save the holy highlights.

    adjust accordingly

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    the answer goes down to what effect is wanted.... does TS want the subject with flash or without flash ???

    For me, I dont own an external flash. I dont like the built in flash. I just open aperture as wide as possible, then adjust ISO accordingly. If its really so dark that I cant get any pictures, I MAY, switch on the the built in flash....

    To know the diff bet flash and non-flash pictures, TS can just shoot more pictures. will get own conclusion fast enough ....

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    Depends on what I want and what is necessary.
    If natural light is sufficient, I'd usually opt to just adj the ISO (up to an acceptable point. usually ISO800 for me)
    If light is not good or not enough, I will use a off camera flash, either bounced off a wall for direction or from the ceiling with a bounce card.

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    Default Re: flash or iso

    Quote Originally Posted by ohok1973 View Post
    in a slightly dim room, do you take the pictures with flash or up the ISO?

    So when do you use the flash?

    What is the major different othe than the noise, eg, color variants, between shooting with a flash and without a flash, that means up the iso.
    Flash~ i perfer to expose the subjects correctly rather than deal with a less than grainy but poorly lit subject on my pic with a high iso capable cam in my arsenal..

    There are other decisive factors that need to be addressed in tackling this kind of shooting environment.

    The effects u want?
    Wad u want to convey to ur viewer form the end result?
    Lighting conditions avaiable etc..
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