10/31/12 148 W, 2 I - + 10 - 4 External Flash + Flash Exposure Compensation

Question heard from time to time: how to take better fire scene photos in low light or no light? Here's an example using (a.) DSLR with high ISO setting (2500), (b.) external flash versus the lower-powered internal flash, and (c.) flash exposure compensation used. What's that last one? On your camera, you can raise or lower the power of the flash. Both internal and external. Dial it up or dial it down. The first photo shows a mere -1/3 compensation. The second shows a +2.  Observe the drastic difference. For documentation or investigation, be careful with too much flash. You might saturate and thus obscure burn patterns or other evidence of evidence. Both shots are from last night's apartment (or were they townhomes?) fire on Forest Lawn Court. See more photos. Readers, what tips would you offer in these areas? Click to enlarge:

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