Skin & Flash

January 13, 2009 ·

Michael Reichmann

My main photographic interest is landscape, nature and wildlife. But, like everyone else I take snapshots of family and friends, so how the D30 would reproduce skin tones and how the built-in flash would perform were of interest.

Gail & Murphy, October 2000, Muskoka, Ontario

Photographed with Canon D30 at ISO 400. 1/60th sec @ f/4 with a Canon 28~70mm f/2.8L @ 70mm using the built-in flash. RAW Mode.

Like all photographs taken with cameras using built-in flash the lighting produced is harsh and unflattering. But the fact that the D30’s flash uses their excellent E-TTL capability means that exposures are very nicely balanced with ambient light.

This photograph was taken in a living room lit only by a northern window wall.

The skins tones are pleasant and easy to balance. More tests to come, including some with the 550EX external flash.

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Michael Reichmann is the founder of the Luminous Landscape. Michael passed away in May 2016. Since its inception in 1999 LuLa has become the world's largest site devoted to the art, craft, and technology of photography. Each month more than one million people from every country on the globe visit LuLa.

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