Dumb question about flash

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TracyF's picture
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Dumb question about flash

So, I have a pretty dumb question about using flash when in Manual. I hate using flash, but there are times you just have to, and I would like to know: How do you adjust your settings? Or does the camera see that the flash is up and so the meter responds accordingly? I seem to have trouble getting good results with flash unless I'm in automatic mode, and then I can't get some of the other settings I want.

StateChick's picture
Joined: 03/22/07
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Interested in a reply to this also. I have no idea how to use my on-board flash without creating incredibly "flashy" pictures. Sometimes I have to though, because my ISO only goes to 1600 and it is SOOOOO grainy that I would miss the shot completely if I didn't use flash. I'm talking about mostly in my house though. Interested to see what others say!

Jeffininer's picture
Joined: 11/07/07
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Are you talking about using the on-board flash? If so, it all has to do with your camera settings. You can control the output of the flash through Flash Compensation. You CAN use the onboard flash effectivly for fill light in a pinch.

I know how to change the controls on my camera, but without knowing your camrea, it's hard to say if you can or even how to do it. My suggestion is to look up in the user manual and see if there is anything about it in there. On my camrea there is a seperate light meter type of system. When the arrow is set to zero, that is 'normal' flash. When the arrow goes to the left of center, it decreases the flash output. Right increases output.

sadieruth's picture
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I have NO clue, but it sounds like Jennifer offered some good advice.

TracyF's picture
Joined: 08/14/06
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OK, thanks! It seems like the P&S of ours has a different way of dealing with on-board flash when shooting in Manual than the loaner DSLR that I'm using does. So I'll have to look at both of their user manuals and figure it out!