My camera works and ocassionally takes good pictures, but most of the time I either get dark pictures or too much flash pictures (Too white)The flash goes off, but it may flash too late and you get the dark pictures. Sometimes it uses an ultra strong flash and its too bright. I have set up the camera correctly, but I continue to have this problem. Anybody know why or has had this same issue?
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Re: Flash works but timing is off
If your camera is set properly there seems to be bad connection between shutter and the flash and you will have to send it in. I would though look again at the way your camera is set up for flash fotography.
I have this problem using an off-camera flash. The problem is a bad connection within your off shoe cord. Try removing the cable off the hotshoe on your camera and put it back on. If that does not work, try removing the flash from the connection on the cable and put it back on. If that doesn't work, there may be a bad connection within the wiring of the cable and it may need to be replaced.
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The build in flash, will be useful within several meters (15 to 20 feet) if it is really dark.
Your camera should be capable of taking pictures in poor light conditions. Try to shoot in automatic mode. The mode dail to AUTO. (green camera symbol). Then view the picture with info. There you can see the ISO, Aperture and shutter time. From there you can experiment for darker or lighter pictures. For this you can choose M, A,S or P.
In each of these modes, you can use the following steps.
On top of the camera, close to the shutter release button you see a little knob with a +/- sign. If you press that button, you should see a 0.
If you see a - figure, this means the picture you shoot all be darker than normal. If you see a + sign with a figure it means the picture will be brighter. While pressing that button and turning the command dail, you can choose -3 to +3 EV. That is much darker and much brighter.
If you shoot many pictures in bad light conditions, you could buy an external flash. A Nikon flash will work very good and automatic, with your camera, because camera and flash will communicate and help each other to make better pictures. Cheaper external flashes can work too, but most of the time you must change settings manual on the flash. Never use old flashes, that were build for analog cameras. They sometimes switch with a voltage higher than your camera can handle. The camera can be damaged by such a flash.
Go to your ISO settings and set it higher. take several pictures till you seee wnat works. the flash is only good for about 10 fet if it's truly dark. Turn it up all the way and if it's too bright turn it back till you find what you want. the lower the better untill it's too dark. Try pushing the pictures with your computer and as long as your not a witness for court cases pushing the pichures with your computer can give you some great pictures as long as the cameria got the picture OK to beginwith as the lower ISO settings will give you more to work with as the ISO goes up the quality goes down and as you push with the computer the quality goes down but if the orginanal has enogh ( Juice ) in it and you computer prgram is a good one then you can make good Processed pictures and you may be pushing the limits of the camera. Maybe next time shell out for a better camera that has more than 10 Megapixals and you'll start seeing into the dark, 20 megapixals really do well but how deep are your pockets? Pup a big flood light on the job and use the flash with the best batteries that you can find and maybe you can get what your looking for. I'm a pro but some low light pictures using a tripod and a remote shutter( to remove all shake) sometimes can get the camera to step up and get the best picture it can take. Take lots of pictures and use brade name chips as some of the noname chips can do a low light picture bad I've thrown away all the cheapie chips I had and I only use the Hi dollar ones, and I'm good to go.
The 430ex flash is E-TTL, that means it adapts is power to the scene. If you shoot a scene at 10 meters, the flash will choose to flash at the max power, and will take time to recharg. Try to get closer to your subject, and remember that the flash can only lighting your subject, not the whole scene.
I guess you are using the automatic mode ( not the "P" mode).
You should enable flash only when there is insuffient light.
If you use flash in broad day light, your pic will be whited out.
If you dont use flash in dark or low light, your pic will be dark or very dark.
So, when it comes of dark, try enabling the flash.
If its still dark, increase the flash compensation (the eV value).
If its still dark, increase the ISO number.
Hope these help.
I gave the lense part of the camara a moderate slap, and the camara has worked fine since. looks like a lot of people have the same problem. Most of the people call it black screen problem. the shutter gets stuck. Tap it a few times on the side of the lense part of the camara moving it from bright to dark objects back and forth.
In warranty case however,
in order to repair the above mentioned error you should replace the flash circuit board part number:A1166208A.Price for the spare part is 35 Euro (for my account).
If you need more info please advice.