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flash over exposure on close ups D5000

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My closeup photos are too over exposed when I use the built in flash on my D5000. I am shooting close ups of flowers, insects, and the like, quite often in dimly lit, wooded areas; I am using the "Apature-priority auto" mode. Even though I shoot RAW images, dialing down the brightness setting can't compensate for the over exposure. I never had this problem with my D60. I tried higher ISO setting but then everything gets very grainy. I also tried setting the flash compensation to its lowest level, -3, but that didn't seem to have any effect. The only way I found so far to "fix" the problem is to physically cover about 75-80% of the flash, this works but I notice an odd odor and am worried I am going to eventually damage the flash unit.

I can't shoot in manual mode because most of the time I only have a very narrow window in which to even try to get focus much less try to adjust all the settings manually. Trying to carry around an extenal flash is also not a realistic choice.
 



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Could you post an example with exposure data in the post?
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I agree with Peter. We have a better shot at helping if you post an example photo with exposure data.

 

That said, increasing ISO is probably making things worse. 

 

In the meantime I would suggest that you try one (or both) of the following.

 

Try setting your camera and flash to full auto where the camera sets everything, and see what difference that makes. 

 

Alternatatively you can try using the close up scene mode that's built into your camera. Again, see what, if any, difference that makes. I generally eschew using scene modes but they can be useful as a learning tool or to help diagnose problems.

 

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I asked the same in the other thread you started.  An image to let us see what you see along with the EXIF information (aperture, shutter, ISO) will help us help you.



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EXIF data:

Make - NIKON CORPORATION
Model - NIKON D5000
Orientation - Top left
XResolution - 72
YResolution - 72
ResolutionUnit - Inch
Software - Ver.1.00
DateTime - 2021:10:02 23:06:21
YCbCrPositioning -
ReferenceBlackWhite - 0
ExifOffset - 282
GPSInfo - 14918
ExposureTime - 1/60 seconds
FNumber - 7.10
ExposureProgram - Aperture priority
ISOSpeedRatings - 200
ExifVersion -
DateTimeOriginal - 2021:10:02 23:06:21
DateTimeDigitized - 2021:10:02 23:06:21
ExposureBiasValue - -0.33
MaxApertureValue - F 5.66
MeteringMode - Spot
LightSource - Auto
Flash - Flash fired, compulsory flash mode, return light not detected
FocalLength - 55 mm
UserComment -                                       Nikon
SubsecTime - 12341
SubsecTimeOriginal - 12341
SubsecTimeDigitized - 12341
SensingMethod - One-chip color area sensor
FileSource - DSC - Digital still camera
SceneType - A directly photographed image
ExposureMode - Auto
WhiteBalance - Auto
DigitalZoomRatio - 1 x
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 82 mm
SceneCaptureType - Landscape
GainControl - None
Contrast - Normal
Saturation - Normal
Sharpness - Normal
SubjectDistanceRange - Unknown

Maker Note (Vendor): -
 


This photo was taken using the same specs as the one I uploaded before but since it has few whites or yellows it is not over exposed. Note that the original photos were shot using RAW, .NEF format and the attached photos were converted but no adjustments or corrections were applied but that would not have helped the yellow flower photo because it was too over exposed and beyond correcting.

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Using Ron's suggestion of using the "auto" setting I got these results. The first is without any RAW adjustment and the 2nd is with the brightness dialed down to 70%. This seems to solve the problem so I am guessing there is some kind of difference in the way the D60 and the D5000 adjust the flash in the aperture mode.

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