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Blurry indoor results- using flash

I am having recent trouble(didnt seem to ever happen before) with indoor photos, taken from a distance. (ie at graduations) I've tried some different settings on the dial. but then the flash may not initiate, or the speed is so slow. I have cleaned the lens. The camera takes beautiful photos outdoors- The odd thing is, a friend with the same camera just wrote me saying shes so frustrated with her sony cybershot and expresesd the SAME problem, shes about to dump it. Thanks!

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  • angiegymbolo Jun 02, 2009

    Thanks! yeppper know im prob showin my ignorance, lol by asking.

    I have turned off the flash... have used the iso 1600 and low light dial settings. then i get black photos. :( I can alter LATER the brightness--- but end up with grainy photos.



    I'll dig out my manual and thanks again!



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Built in flash units on digital cameras are only meant to be used out to a distance of 6-12 feet. When taking photos of events ie graduations, sporting events, concerts you need to do two things. 1). Change the ISO setting on your camera. This is the same as the old film speed ratings the higher the number the more sensitive the camera becomes. try ISO 1600 or above in low light. 2) You have a mode setting, set it for the type of lighting that is in the space you are in, incandescent, flourescent or whatever, it's easy to do. and finally 3) Turn off your flash! When your flash is on your camera closes up the aperature and takes the picture at a higher rate of speed in anticipation of reflected light off of nearby objects, so your pictures will be darker and blurrier with the flash on.
Even high grade professional flashes only work out to 20-30 feet so they won't help you. Read your cameras manual on taking pictures in low light conditions. It will give you all of the above in great detail. You have a great camera but you need to learn how it works, don't give up on it.

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  • rjbeg123 Jun 02, 2009

    Higher ISO will give you grainy photos just like the old high speed films. Try ISO 400. I wonder if you might have inadvertently moved the jog dial located right in front of the shutter release button. Look at page 11 of you manual for a good picture demonstration of what ISO and other terms I used are. See page 40 and try the exposure bracket settings until you figure out what gives you the results your looking for. Exposure bracket setting takes one at what the camera thinks is the right setting and one lighter and one darker. See page 38 and make sure your metering mode matches what you are trying to shoot. If you've misplaced your manual here is the link to it, it is where I was getting page numbers from.



    http://www.docs.sony.com/release/DSCH1.p...



    Best of luck, digital cameras can be quite daunting as they have almost too many options and features. I never use the auto settings on mine I use a programmable setting and set my own aperature, shutter speed and ISO, I only let it do the focusing.

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