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Flash light problem

The flash light of my camera doesn't cover all the selected view to be implies a green shadow on some or most and sometimes all of the taken picture.

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My flashlight does not flash at all and is cyberpix s-551v

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Re: flash light problem

Try different aperature settings, either faster opening or slower opening

Posted on Jun 02, 2007

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By using the flash, I get a shadow around the right side of peoples faces, doesn't happen when not using flash, but color is not as good.

Are you new to photography? The flash emits an intense light and depending on where it is found on the camera in relation to the lens, it will cast a shadow on one side or the other. DSLR cameras solve the problem by mounting an external flash directly over the lens and high up so the shadow is less noticeable. If you take a lot of people's faces, you might want to explore "fill lighting".

Jun 24, 2011 | Digital Cameras

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It doesn't show images in the monitor and at the same time it doesn't take pictures. thanks and more power!!!

your question is not clear. I see technical point of view. you first should disable flash mode (flash off mode), many case the flash circuit continuously force powering on whenever camera switch on and user can not use momentarily. But you can use only in day light condition if the problem condition. If not, it is shutter unit is effective that can work properly. The shutter unit is inner lens unit assemble. You should then consult to local camera tech. Thank and best regard!

May 21, 2011 | Nikon Coolpix 4300 Digital Camera

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When taking indoor photos, sometimes i get shadows on different placesof the photo

If you're getting shadows on the bottom center of indoor photos when take with a flash, it is most probably due to the length of the lens on the camera.

A long, telephoto / zoom lenses will create the largest amount of shadow, while shorter and wide angle lenses will be least likely cast shadows. You can reduce the amount of shadow in pictures by removing the lens hood that may be on the end of the lens. The lens hood is to primarily to shield the lens from direct (sun) light, and probably isn't needed for indoor flash photography. Also, rely less on the zoom function of the lens on the camera and physically moving closer to your subject instead. The flash will need to provide much less light output and result in more flashes per battery.

You could use a separate flash - held off the camera so that the lens is not obstructing the light of the on camera flash. Using a Nikon Speed Light, you can set the on camera flash to provide a low output, that would be used primarily to trigger a Nikon Speed Light held by someone or arranged on another surface etc. Youtube is a great source for real life, practical "How To" videos for many operations of the camera and accessories.

I hope this was helpful!

Oct 25, 2009 | Nikon D80 Digital Camera with 18-135mm...

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Screen black in all lighting. Icons and Menu show but screen otherwise black in all modes. Can view photos on card. Can take a picture, but it is also black. Lens cover is open. Nikon Coolpix 4600. Thanks...

Hello, I went and researched a few points in the manual and hope this helps to some extent. If this doesn't help, try resetting your camera by removing the batteries for 30 seconds, then reinstalling them and turning on the camera again. 
Monitor is blank: 
• Camera is off.
• Batteries are not correctly inserted or battery-chamber
cover is not properly latched.
• Batteries are exhausted.
• EH-62B AC adapter (available separately) is not properly
• Camera is in sleep mode. Press shutter-release button
• Monitor is off.
• USB cable is connected.
• AV/Video cable is connected

No picture is taken when shutter release button is pressed:

• Camera is in playback mode.
• Batteries are exhausted.
• Red (!) lamp flickers: flash is charging.
• Green (AF) lamp flickers: camera unable to focus.
• Message "CARD IS NOT FORMATTED" appears in
monitor: memory card is not formatted for use in your
• Message "OUT OF MEMORY" appears in monitor:
insufficient memory to record picture at current Image Mode selection.

Dec 02, 2008 | Nikon Coolpix 4600 Digital Camera

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Canon 40D

Hey D1ppy,
There are two ways to get rid of shadows behind a subject, but both require you to use a hotshoe mounted flash. The first way is to bounce the light off a ceiling or some other white surface by turning the flash head towards that surface instead of your subject. The second way would be to connect the flash to the camera using a off camera flash cord and hold the flash above your head when your taking the picture, and by doing this you are able to aim where the shadows show up in the image. Bounced flash is what is called soft light and generally is more pleasing light. I of course am assuming the shadows are caused by the built in flash on the camera. I hope this helps!

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May 30, 2008 | Canon EOS 40D Digital Camera

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Sounds like your lense cover is not fully retracting when you turn your camera on, thus when the flash goes off these are creating shadows on your picture.

Nov 23, 2007 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Digital Camera

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Reduce shadow

All solid objects cast a shadow; it cannot be avoided. Certain techniques will help control or reduce the shadow by eliminating or reducing the harshness of the flash. Some of these techniques are: Elevate, eliminate or soften the flash: Make sure the flash is above the lens when you camera is turned to vertical (portrait) orientation. If the on-camera flash is higher than the subject, the lens should not "see" the shadow in most situations. Make sure the camera is higher than the subject, but not so high that you make a shadow in the other direction (under your subject's eyebrows, nose or chin, for example). If there is enough natural light, you might be able to turn the flash off, or you can add "natural" light to the scene by opening curtains, turning on room lights, and so on. In low light you can still photograph without the flash by making sure the camera does not move during the exposure. Consider using a tripod or monopod. The auto color balance feature should automatically adjust the color for the light source. Sometimes it is helpful (at least minimally) to include a white or near neutral grey item within the camera's field of view to assist the camera's color balance assessment. Mixed lighting gives mixed results. Illuminate, eliminate, or move away from the object that has the shadow cast upon it (a wall, for example). Or, use it to your advantage by angling for a better position that may bounce and diffuse the light from the on-camera flash by reflecting light off the wall. Some photographers might lay a white sheet in front of the subject to soften the light by bouncing the light off the ceiling.

Aug 29, 2005 | Kodak EasyShare CX7530 Digital Camera

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Pictures reddish or orange

Although normal room lights (tungsten lights) appear white to our eyes, their light is actually much "warmer" than daylight, giving a reddish or orange color to pictures. This happens with digital and film cameras. To prevent or lessen this reddish or orange color: If your digital camera has a selectable White Balance mode (check your camera's User's Guide) and you are not using the camera or external flash, set the White Balance mode for "Tungsten" light. If your pictures are reddish even when you use the camera flash or external flash, the room lighting is overpowering the flash. Try setting the White Balance mode for "Tungsten" and continue to use the flash. If your camera does not have a selectable White Balance mode, use the camera flash or external flash when taking pictures in lighting that makes your pictures turn out reddish or orange. If you can, turn down or turn off one of the room lights (without making the room too dark), or move your subject so that it is not being hit directly by the room lights. If you can, when taking pictures in the daytime, try opening any drapes that might be covering windows. Letting in natural daylight improves the color quality of the lighting.

Aug 29, 2005 | Kodak EasyShare One Digital Camera

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