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Re: flashing in a certain area on my screen
You're looking at the blown-out highlights. These are areas where you've lost all detail. Press up/down on the multiselector to change the view. Better yet, reduce the exposure to reduce/eliminate them.
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The blinking indicates blown-out highlights. Those are the areas of your pictures that have been overexposed into pure white. This is generally considered a bad thing, and the correct fix in most cases is to reduce the exposure to bring back details. Losing details in the shadows is generally more acceptable. But this is just a warning: the camera doesn't know what effect you're trying for.
While viewing a picture, pressing up/down on the multiselector cycles through the different available views of the picture.
Short answer: Press up/down while viewing the picture to cycle through the different views of the picture.
Long answer: You're seeing "blown highlights." The blinking areas are places in the picture where you've overexposed and lost all detail. Those areas are blown out to pure white, without any shading whatsoever. That's not necessarily an error, especially if your subjects are inside the house and you don't really care what's outside. In other cases, you may want to reduce the exposure so as to bring up at least some of the details in the highlights. It's generally considered more acceptable to lose details in the shadows, losing things to pure black, than to lose details in the highlights, losing things to pure white.
As I said earlier, losing details in the highlights is not necessarily an error. The camera is merely warning you, pointing out a potential problem.
I'm going to assume you're talking about the picture review on the back display. If I'm wrong, please please let me know.
You're seeing the highlights. Those are the areas of the picture that are overexposed and thus have lost all detail. That's not necessarily an error, though often it is. The proper solution is to reduce the exposure and shoot again.
The quick solution is to press Up or Down on the multiselector while viewing the picture to change your view of the picture. The camera provides several different views, including Highlights, Histogram, and several screens of Image Data.
You are probably viewing the preview screen in "Highlight" mode. To fix this, use the dial button at the back of the D80 and click up (or down) to see another depiction of the preview screen. It will show you different options until you can see the normal picture without the flashing highlights. Hope this helps.
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This is a tool to tell you where your photo is under or overexposed. If you use the up/down button to scroll through the display options (file info, shutter speed, filename...etc) will take you to the view where the highlights are shadowed or whited out. One of the views has no data or highlighting. Just leave the view there.
This is normal. Look at page 53 of your user's manual. There, it shows in the illustration, the figure of a woman with a highlight on her forehead (#2). These flashing patches will occur anytime there are highlights in the image area. These indicate an over-saturation of light on the CCD. Usually, when you view the image on your computer, the image will look normal. You may have to manipulate the image with Photoshop when you make a print. Hope this helps.