You're talking about "fill flash", I think. Do make sure the shutter speed> I just shot a roll of Tri-X 400 with my manual focus Minolta SRT-101.
> The pictures came out terrific, except that in some of the outdoor
> shots of my sons in which the sun was shining and they were in the
> shade, their faces are dark. I am mad at myself for not using flash,
> as I always remember to use it in shade or overcast with my point and
> shoot. So my question is this - I've read that the way to use flash
> outdoors on an SLR without a hot shoe is to 1) turn the flash on, 2)
> set the shutter to the proper setting for flash (1/60 sec. on the
> Minolta), and then 3) set the aperture to match the meter's needle.
> But I've also heard that I should do the first 2 steps and then set
> the aperture not to match the meter, but rather according to the guide
> on the flash--according to subject distance and film speed--and ignore
> the meter, just as when shooting it indoors.
> Which method is the better one? Thanks
will accommodate the flash, but think about this: Where is most of the
light coming from? The sun, or your flash? Meter for the sun.
Now, many flash units allow the use of reduced output, such that you can set
for a half or a quarter of the full amount. Fill flash is quite often the
latter, but that's something you'll have to experiment to discover for
Or have I forgotten all this?