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Too much flash

I shoot almost exclusively on auto, but my indoor shots are most of the time over exposed when using flash. How do I adjust that?

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Hi Chris,
In Auto mode, the emphasis is on avoiding over exposure with the is model so it would appear that this is not an issue exclusive to you but more to do with the environment in which you are using the camera i.e. using the auto mode for indoor photos will never produce the quality of photo you are looking for.
Point and shoot are great for outdoor day time pursuits but to be honest you really need to use a specialised setting for just about all other scenarios.
I would take some time to use and save one of the other settings so that you are literally using that function as a point and shoot.
For a few minutes of trial and error you will be very pleased that you took the time to make the changes. You will also no doubt impress yourself with your future snaps.

Best of luck and I hope this helps

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Have you set the 400 ISO, or do you have the camera on Auto ISO?
Go back to your setup menus and set the Sensitivity to the lowest ISO value possible.  Now set the White Balance to Auto. Exit the menus.
Now set the camera to P for program. In effect, you have turned the camera into a point-and-shoot dimwit. It should now take reasonably well exposed shots indoor and outdoor.
If the shutter speed does not register on the body, you should put the dial on Tv and see if you can alter the speeds.  Remember, not all finctions are available for all dial settings.

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Dark pictures using flash

You could try increasing the exposure level (press AV+/- while rotating the selector wheel to the right) but this will increase the time the shutter is open and increase the possibility of picture blur. Only other thing to do when shooting indoors is to change to a high ISO - 1600 for instance. This reduces the time the shutter is open so working together with the first suggestion you may not notice any difference!

If still too dark, you need a faster lens - you can pickup a 50mm f/1.8 lens quite cheap - this is an excellent indoor lens as the low F number means it lets in lots of light. The fixed focal length means you will have to move around to frame the shot, but they are indispensible for indoor work and a lot cheaper than a f2.8 zoom.

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So, the problem doesn't seem to be the flash if the actual subject in the foreground is exposed properly. My guess is that the background is being lit by another light source. Typically, your camera uses a flash for dark areas or what it gauges as a dark area. This doesn't adjust the background for additional light sources. For example, if you're standing outside and there's a tree covering someone that you're taking a picture of your flash will adjust to "properly" light that individual. However, because the flash was used for the main subject, the background is actually now overexposed. The overexposed background will show up as a brightly lit area because the camera had to adjust for the foreground. This will actually reverse itself when it's dark out - meaning if the background and foreground are dark, the flash will expose the foreground, but the background will be black. Hopefully, that helps you understand lighting and exposure. Now, to fix this problem when shooting, you would need to consider several options - 1. SLR camera with aperture and f-stop settings as well as compensation controls. This will allow you to control every element of the exposure, but you still need to be aware of the lighting behind the "subject" to properly expose your shots. 2. backlighting compensation - common settings on both SLR and point and shoot cameras that makes auto lighting conversions for backlighting and other common lighting issues. Test whatever options are on your camera to see what works best for your specific problem. 3. Photoshop retouching - you may take one shot with your subject exposed properly and a second shot with the background then merge the images together. 4. using a tripod to shoot without using the flash - this may give you the closest exposure to exactly what you see when looking at your subject.

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This shouldn't be too hard...

I went to the trouble to track down the manual online. For the sake of convenience, I have stored the manual on my own server.

Click HERE to load the manual. It is in PDF format, so you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in order to view the document. OR you can right-click HERE and save the document to your system and view the file. Save it for future use.

What you need to do is adjust the flash level. The details on the flash level feature are on page 31. There you can see which modes you can adjust the flash level in.

Page 38 explains the dynamics of flash level.

Make sure you try different combinations of settings to get the kind of picture quality you want. Flash is not the only variable to take into consideration when using your camera to get the best image possible. Use the manual to learn about all other features as well.

Good luck and do much expirementation! :)


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