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Help, White spots on photos with W1

I just downloaded my memory stick and while viewing the shots, I noticed that some of them had white spots. They were in the firm of circles and varied in size , position, intensity, and number. I was using a W1 on P mode, ISO 400, inside with flash. Is this a flash thing or is something starting to go wrong. I haven't used it that much, but this is the first time I did a lot with the flash. Any ideas are appreciated. TIA, John

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Re: Help, White spots on photos with W1

If they're not showing up without flash my guess is dust or pollen in the air that is so fine you don't see it under normal light. Like the dust you see in a ray of sunshine but can't see normally. Dust on the lens will be dark not light.

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Re: Help, White spots on photos with W1

Could be dust reflecting the flash. Water droplets also do it. Here's an example from an indoor trials where they had little RC cars on a dirt track next to the trials. The RC cars kicked up dust. The flash just bounced off the particles. This is an 828 with a Metz flash with a pocket bounce/diffuser on top. With the smaller camera with the flash more on axis of the lens the effect will be more pronounced since closer dust particles will be illuminated.

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