I was also concerned about about flash exposure compensation. Like negative film, the digital chip gives me more exposure latitude than I can get with slide film.
Like slide film, if the digital chip is overexposed, the highlights are blown away (washed out). I kept an eye on the histogram for each shot to make sure I wasn't losing the highlights.
For the head and shoulder portrait (above and to the right) I did not use any flash exposure compensation. Digital ISO was set to 100. For the 3/4 portrait (above
and to the left) the gown was throwing off the meter in my camera which was set to partial metering mode. I was getting underexposed photos. To get a decent histogram, I set the flash compensation to +1 1/2. With both photos, I
did some additional lightening using Levels in Photoshop to give me a print that I liked without burning out the dress.
To learn more about exposure and exposure compensation, Read my Exposure article elsewhere on this site.
larger versions of both photos
August 7, 2003