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Flash How can I force the Canon S3IS built in flash to fire every time I take a photo? When I have backlight it will not fire in the auto mode. My old Kodak digital had an easily set option but I can't work out how to do it this camera. Thanks

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Thanks, I reckon I'll just have to change from auto exposure to one of the preset ones.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007

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There is quite a few things that could be affecting this. I, personally, own the D50 Nikon model, which has a few issues that you discuss. Here is what you can check: Check to see if it is in Auto or Manual mode. Check to see if you have selected a night time photo selection vs. day time photo selection. Also, check to see if you have selected the close up or scenic. Next, go to the main button area with all those icons on it. Hold down the button on the top of it, and turn the dial to where it faces the flash icon. When you are under there, make sure to set it to Auto. Otherwise, when you are taking a picture you can click on the flash icon incase it has one. Bottom line, you NEED to make sure its set to night mode. That will make sure your lense will absorb or sense that it needs that lighting in order to produce a perfect dark setting picture. If you dont, the shutter will hold until it senses some lighting. Check this out and let us know how it works out for you.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007


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