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Taking photos at night with auto. flash

When taking photos in low light indoors or out with auto flash no matter how close to subject pictures turn out very dark.SAME PICTURE taken with much cheaper camera turn out excellent.Please advise as instuction book is no help.

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Nikon later added an addendum for this camera. I found this solution on the internet.

The sensor to measure the amount of light is a little hole just to the inside of the grip on the upper part of the camera body.

You really must hold this camera with a fingertip grip. Someone with big hand who grabs the camera that way will either block that hole; or you middle finger is so close to the sensor that the light from the flash bounces off your finger making the camera think the subject is much closer. I started holding the camera so that my fingers are NOT on the inside edge of the grip and the problem went away.

See
http://www.bermangraphics.com/coolpix/cp5000flash2.htm

for a discussion and solution.
Jon

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

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Try adjusting the flash settings to SLOW SYNC, that is the auto flsh combined with slow shutter speed. It is use to capture both subject and background at night or undr dim light.

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Press the MODE-SELECTOR BUTTON until the desired indicator appears on the LCD PANEL.
c3015.gif Fill flash and flash off modes remain selected after you take the picture. To cancel the selection, press the mode-selection button or close and reopen the lens cover/flash to return to the auto-flash mode.
Fill flash
c3014.gif When bright light indoors or outdoors comes from behind the subject (backlighting), dark shadows (especially on faces) may occur. Use fill flash to lighten these shadows.
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  3. Frame your subject within the VIEWFINDER EYEPIECE.
  4. Partially depress the SHUTTER BUTTON. When the FLASH/CAMERA-READY LAMP turns off and the fill-flash indicator on the LCD panel stops blinking, fully depress the shutter button to take the picture.
Flash off
c3013.gif When you do not want to use the flash, especially indoors where flash is prohibited, such as in theaters and museums, or when you want to take twilight scenes or distant subjects that are beyond the flash range, or capture the ambiance of existing light, use the flash-off feature. Use a tripod or place the camera on another firm support, and use high-speed film because the shutter speed in these situations will most likely be slow.
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  3. Frame your subject within the VIEWFINDER EYEPIECE.
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Self-timer with auto flash
c3016.gif Use this feature to include yourself in pictures.
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  4. Frame your subject within the VIEWFINDER EYEPIECE.
  5. Press the SHUTTER BUTTON. The SELF-TIMER LAMP will glow and then blink during the last three seconds of countdown.
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c3012.gif In this mode, the camera balances the flash and existing light exposure so you can take beautiful pictures of people at sunset or at night. Use a tripod or place the camera on another firm support, and use high-speed film because the shutter speed at night will most likely be slow.
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The "noise reduction" setting on the camera can also be adjusted a step up.

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