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Hello,

If this is the same as my Nikon this is the overexposed highlight display option.
This shows areas of the photograph that are overexposed slightly.

On my Nikon I use the up and down arrows on the back to cycle the LCD display options.
Stop when you get a display that does not flash.

Posted on Jul 06, 2009

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Intermittent blanking on pictures displayed


There's nothing wrong. The blinking areas are blown-out highlights. These are the portions of your picture that the camera thinks are overexposed.
While viewing the picture, press cursor-up/down to cycle through the different views of your picture.

May 06, 2012 | Nikon D40x Digital Camera

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When I take a picture,then look at the LCD screen,all the white areas flash black then white. If I download the pictures everything is fine. Is something set wrong? Also for no reason the flash stopped...


The blinking indicates blown-out highlights. Those are the areas of your pictures that have been overexposed into pure white. This is generally considered a bad thing, and the correct fix in most cases is to reduce the exposure to bring back details. Losing details in the shadows is generally more acceptable. But this is just a warning: the camera doesn't know what effect you're trying for.

While viewing a picture, pressing up/down on the multiselector cycles through the different available views of the picture.

Aug 30, 2010 | Nikon D40x Digital Camera

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How do you remove the white areas of a shot from flashing black when you look at the image?


What you're seeing is blown-out highlights. These are areas of your picture where the bright stuff (highlights) have been so overexposed (blown-out) that all detail has been lost. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but usually is. The proper fix is to reduce exposure slightly. Lost details in the dark areas are usually considered more acceptable than lost details in the bright areas.

If you simply don't want to see the blinking black/white parts of your picture, simply press up/down on the multiselector to select a different view of your picture.

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My Canon 40D LCD monitor when displaying a photo has just started displaying white sections of a picture as alternating black then white. The rest of the photo is fine just the white flashes. Any idea what...


It's possible that your Highlight Alert is enabled. Over-exposed areas of your image will blink to indicate blown-out whites. If you don't like this feature, go to the Menu, under the second blue tab (for playback), look for Highlight Alert and Disable it. When viewing the image on a computer, the blinking will not appear however. It's just to warn you that some parts of the image is so bright that all detail is lost. I enable mine so that I know this and is able to make adjustments on the ground.

Apr 11, 2010 | Canon EOS 40D Digital Camera

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When shooting inside the house i get flashing


Short answer: Press up/down while viewing the picture to cycle through the different views of the picture.

Long answer: You're seeing "blown highlights." The blinking areas are places in the picture where you've overexposed and lost all detail. Those areas are blown out to pure white, without any shading whatsoever. That's not necessarily an error, especially if your subjects are inside the house and you don't really care what's outside. In other cases, you may want to reduce the exposure so as to bring up at least some of the details in the highlights. It's generally considered more acceptable to lose details in the shadows, losing things to pure black, than to lose details in the highlights, losing things to pure white.

As I said earlier, losing details in the highlights is not necessarily an error. The camera is merely warning you, pointing out a potential problem.

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Noise problem?


There is nothing wrong with the camera. You're looking at the highlight view of your pictures. These are the bright areas in your picture that have been overexposed and thus all detail has been "blown-out." If you look at those areas in Photoshop, you should see that they are pure white.

Usually, the correct fix is to reduce exposure so as to preserve highlight detail. This runs the risk of losing shadow detail at the other end, but loss of detail in shadows is generally considered more acceptable than losing detail in highlights. Of course, sometimes you want to lose highlight details, just as sometimes you want your subject to go dark and show up only as a silhouette. That's an artistic decision, far beyond the scope of this question.

Getting back to the view on the back of the LCD, you can press up/down on the multiselector to get different views of the current picture. One shows you the histogram (which is another whole different topic), another shows you technical details about the photo, and one will show you the photo with nothing else. Pick the one you want. Play with them. Read the technical details.

Back in the old days, photographers carried notepads and pencils so they could jot down exactly this information. One of the advantages of digital photography is that this information is recorded automatically and stored with the images.

Jan 12, 2010 | Nikon D40x Digital Camera

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When ever there is a picture taken there is a flicker when i view the picture in my camera it happens only on the bright spots ...ehy is it


It's normal.

The Nikon dSLRs have various LCD display modes, and one of them is called "highlight clipping warning display". Basically, when you set your LCD display to "highlight clipping warning display"(it's the mode right before the "histogram display"), it blinks white/black wherever your picture has blown highlights (i.e. where your picture is overexposed)

A histogram display is very helpful in telling whether you've got the exposure right, but to it isn't adequate by itself. With digital cameras, it's very important not to blow-out the highlights in a picture (they're similar to color positive film in that respect), since once you hit the maximum brightness, the image just saturates, and any highlight detail will be lost. A histogram display does a pretty good job of telling you how the image as a whole is doing, but what if there are just a few critical areas that you're worried about for the highlights? If only a small percentage of the total frame is involved, it won't account for many pixels. That means any peak at the "white" end of the histogram graph would be pretty small, and easy to miss (or just plain invisible). What to do? The folks at Nikon recognized this problem some time ago, and so have provided another special display mode on the D60 (as on most of their dSLRs) that they simply call "highlights," accessible via the Playback settings menu, under "Display Mode." This mode blinks any highlights that are saturated in any of the color channels. It does this by taking the nearly-white areas on the LCD and toggling them between white and black.

Aug 03, 2009 | Nikon D60 Digital Camera

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Blinking black in play mode!!!! PLEASEEEEE HELLLPP


Hello,

If this is the same as my Nikon this is the overexposed highlight display option.
This shows areas of the photograph that are overexposed slightly.

On my Nikon I use the up and down arrows on the back to cycle the LCD display options.
Stop when you get a display that does not flash.

Jul 06, 2009 | Nikon D40 Digital Camera

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When viewing photos some white areas blink black on the lcd.


This is becasue those flashing areas are over exposed highlights. Reduce you exposure compensation a stop to capture those white areas. Increase your shutter speed or use a smaller aperture (f-stop) to let in less light. When you loose highlight detail in a digital image it is hard to reclaim back on a computer program.

Jul 06, 2009 | Nikon D40x Digital Camera

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LCD screen flashing


Hi!
This is a feature and not a defect of the K100D. You can turn this off by going to the menu and going into the second tab (playback menu). Once there, go to preview display, where you will have 3 options - off, histogram and brighten areas. Set this to off (your camera is set to brighten areas, that is why the white parts of your photos appear to be blinking).
Hope this helps!

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