Using Flash

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For a point and shoot cameras, you may need to use the built-in flash unit for the indoor shooting situations. It can be challenging to shoot photos with a very small flash unit, as these types of flash are often structured for just the basic operation. The following tips can help you obtain better flash photography results with a point and shoot model.

1. It is not easy to avoid the red-eye issues when you use a point and shoot model. This problem is pretty common. You will see the red eye when the flash reflects off the back of the human eye. It is recommended to use the red-eye configuration on your camera and you will have the camera pre-flash fired to limit the pupil and reduce the red-eye problems (that will constrict the pupil and lessen the chance of red-eye problems).

2. If you are capturing an image of a person who is standing in front of a window or other strong backlight, you’ll need to open the flash to compensate the light for shooting that under-exposed subject. Keep the proper close distance to the subject to get the flash work well. If it is not possible to get this kind of photo work well, the subject can be considered moving or you may change into a different angle to avoid the strong backlight from your photo.

3. For the majority of point and shoot models, when you use the automatic flash settings, the shutter speed shall be auto lowered, commonly equal to or less than 1/60th of a second.  In this case, your camera needs to be steady and it is recommended that you should lean against a wall, a tree, or a doorframe to make yourself steady or you may consider using a tripod. If not, you may get a blurry image due to the camera shake.

4. You should not directly target the flash at any mirrors or glass panes. There will appear a glare of light, which may despoil your photos.

5. If you are capturing a group image and using the flash, keep all people’s faces not far from a similar distance from your camera. In case the distances of subjects are pretty different from one another, the light will not be even for each subject.

6. Don’t forget to see the list of the camera specifications to know exactly your camera effective flash range. The flash range is often limited for point and shoot models, commonly between 3 feet and 12 feet. You still can make this flash work beyond this flash range but don’t expect the same effectiveness as within the range. Of course, the image quality may be affected.

7. The macro mode is very nice if you want to shoot photos over extremely short distances that are still within the flash range. In this mode, the camera focus will be adjusted to work with photos over very short distances and the flash is throttled down to work nicely in photos over very short distances. Please see the camera’s user manual to make sure whether a macro mode is available or not.

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