flash question

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  1. wet

    wet TPF Noob!

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    Extreme newbie question.

    I am not a flash person & I don't take many evening shots. However, when I started to try out my flash with my camera, I am confused. With my flash mounted & turn on, my camera meter still read the same setting as though no flash is mounted. Is this possible? I use manual mode & normal sync speed for my flash. What am I missing?
    I use canon camera & canon speedlite 420EX.

    As always, thanks for all helpful advise.
     
  2. Village Idiot

    Village Idiot No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Yes.

    With the flash on TTL mode, your camera exposes for the ambient and the TTL meter of the flash will expose to the scene that's being metered.
     
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    Samanax TPF Noob!

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    That's normal.
    Flash Photography Techniques
     
  4. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Every flash photo is actually (at least) two exposures. One is from the flash and one is from the ambient light. The camera's meter is for ambient light only. The flash is measured with the use of a pre-flash.
     

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