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Canon G2 flash causes weird orangey-brown shadows around people

When I don't use the flash outside, all is fine. Inside, especially where light is not great, using the flash causes pictures where the color balance is really off. The overall photos are yellowish and there are orangey-brown halos around people What could be causing this?

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Sounds like your shutter speed is set too low. If you are in manual exposure control, check that your shutter speed is at least 1/60th or higher. If the camera is in automatic, check to see that you ARE NOT in the "slow-sync" flash mode.

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