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The multi selector is the round control on the rear of the camera with the OK button in its center.
The flash mode button is the top button on the selector, it has a lightning flash icon.
Press the flash mode button on the multi selector.
Highlight the desired mode and press the center of the multi selector.
The flash modes are:
AUTO; Flash fires automatically when lighting is poor.
AUTO WITH RED-EYE REDUCTION; Reduces "red eye" in portraits.
OFF; Flash will not fire even when lighting is poor.
FILL FLASH; Flash fires whenever picture is taken. Use to "fill-in" (illuminate) shadows and back-lit subjects.
SLOW SYNC; Flash illuminates mainsubject; slow shutter speeds are used to capture background at night or under dim light
The selected flash mode icon appears at the top of the monitor.
If you have set the main dial to the green camera logo, with automatic in bad light, and the flash still does not pop up, you could start worrying. The mail mode dial is very easy to turn, even without knowing. It happens to me more often than I would like. My next camera must have a special button to lock this dial.
When you chaco the manual, you will see there are settings the flash won't pop up and even when it is up it won't flash, because that menu excludes the flash.
Hi, What external flash did you use on your Canon 60D? The internal flash will not automatically pop up if in the "Creative Zone" it will pop up with the button in the creative zones (M, AV, TV and P) it will not pop up with the button if you are in the the full auto mode (that's the little green box mode) but, should pop up automatically if required. The flash should pop up automatically in the basic zone for Portrait, close up and night photography, the button won't activate (pop up) the flash. Also the internal flash will not pop up if there is an accessory in the hot shoe. Again what external flash was it you used and did it flash?
If you shoot in the Basic Modes (any of the modes with icons like Portrait, Landscape, Sport, etc), the flash will pop up automatically if there isn't enough ambient light even after pushing it down to close it. To shoot without auto flash, use one of the Creative Modes like P, Av, Tv, M etc. If your problem is that the flash springs back up again when you try to push it down, the catch may be faulty. You may want to consider taking the camera to an authorised Canon repairer.
If you are shooting using AUTO mode, maybe the settings were changed to a manual modes. If so, check for settings. Flash fires automatically only in AUTO. On manual modes you must force the flash to fire.
The openning flash button only works on non automatic shooting modes. On creative zone (automatic options with predefined options) the flash will rise automatically, based on the current exposure conditions. On "Flash Off" mode won't rise the flash ever. Let me know, please if it solve the problem
I found the answer and fixed my flash. Look on http://photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00ODWf
will describe how, if you have been using a speedlite alot, than the
little tab under the shutter release side of the hot shoe can get bent
down thus constantly pressing down (toward the bottom of the camera)
the small button which deactivates the pop-up
flash even when the speedlite is not attached. Just bend the tab up a
little with a jewler's screwdriver, turn the camera off and on and
voila!! Fixed!!! Dan describes pushing the tab down, but on the xti,
the tab needs to be bent up to release the flash deactivation switch
and fix the problem. Thanks to Dan D on photonet for saving me a
There are 5 flash modes: Auto-flash, Manual fill-flash, Auto-flash with red-eye reduction, Manual fill-flash with re-eye reduction, and Flash cancel. In Macro mode, the built-in flash is automatically disabled.
Using the flash
When shooting with the built-in flash, open the flash manually. The flash does not pop-up automatically.
The flash will not fire if it is closed.
The flash will work when it is opened up.
When the flash is open, the (flash on) icon or (automatic) icon will appear on the LCD monitor (or in the viewfinder).
Flash on: The flash fires in every shot.
Automatic: The flash fires automatically.
Press the (flash) button to switch between the and flash modes while the flash is open.
In some shooting modes, the flash mode does not switch even if the flash button is pressed. Please refer to Functions Available in Each Shooting Mode in the Camera User Guide provided with your camera for more information.
When you are not using the flash, close it manually.
When the flash is closed, the flash will not fire and the icon appears on the LCD monitor (or in the viewfinder).