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How and when to use the flash

I have taken a couple a classes in photography and I'm doing great. My question or my problem is, is that I don't know when to use my flash. If I have my aperture as wide or as big as I can and my built in light meter tells me that I need to have my shutter speed at 1/20 of a second or lower it blurs my image or picture. So I've tried to use the flash but then the image or picture is underexposed. So I don't really know what I'm supposed to do here would someone be able to help me here?

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When you take a shot slower than 1/20, the shutter takes longer to close. This means while it is open, it will record everything. The best way to correct this is not the flash really. Try putting it on a tripod. This way you can lower your shutter speed without sacrificing crisp pictures. Also, with a built in flash, you get a very shallow lit area. If your subject is far from the camera, the flash won't do much good. When this happens, the only thing to do is get a stronger mounted flash or slow your shutter down and open up your aperture. Hope this helps. Keep me posted. Photography is a never ending learning process.

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