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Canon eos 300d - image to dark

I am using the Canon Speedlite 420EX every time I take pictures. On the
LCD screen the picture looks like the flash went off, but when I download
the images to my Photoshop programme the images looks like I didn't even
used the flash. I then need to make adjustments which result into a low
quality image. I put in new batteries into the flash, but the results stays the same. The flash take forever to show the green light when it is ready to
take pictures. Due to my work I cannot wait so long before the next picture were taken. Is there some settings on the camera or photoshop that I need to adjust or is there something wrong with the flash.

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Try lithium batteries or rechargables in the 2500mah range,to me they seem to work best in a flash.
If you use alkalines,use a well known brand.But with alkalines,as they loose power it takes longer for the flash to recycle.
Also the monitor might need to be calibrated or adjusting brightness and contrast.
Mine sometimes does the same thing,I just use Photoshop to adjust it.

Posted on Mar 06, 2008

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