Question about Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-S40 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Pronounced shadows on people in indoor photos

When I take indoor photos of people, sometimes there are pronounced shadows coming off them which totally ruin the photo.

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Sony Master
  • 3,287 Answers

This is usually a very simple fix. You may be holding the camera in such a way that one or more of your fingers partially blocks the built-in flash of the camera. When this happens, everyone notices the flash has fired, but they do not know that part of the light was blocked, leaving a part of the photo in the shadows.

Find out if this is the problem by picking up the camera as you might normally do, but while maintaining the same grip - turn it so that you can see where your fingers are in relationship to the flash on the front of the camera. Notice where your fingers naturally land when using the camera and and try to remember to keep fingers away from the flash. You might even let someone else try and see if the shadow is gone in their photos. Look how they hold the camera - notice the location of the flash and where their fingers are.

Please take a moment to rate this replay if you found it helpful - good luck!

Posted on Jul 06, 2010

Testimonial: "Thank you for the solution. I had stopped using the camera indoors out of frustration because of the shadow the people in the picture had around them. I can now get back to enjoying my camera. "

  • Steve Jul 07, 2010

    An additional thought - if your problem is with shadows created by those persons or objects in the picture.. disable the flash and try to shoot in natural light instead. You may have enough light in the room for a satisfactory image. Next, you could either diffuse the light by placing a single ply tissue over the flash - or direct the light upward with a piece of white paper or cardboard. The latter method will reflect the light to the ceiling which in turn bounces it on the subjects from above. You might need to experiment with the size of the paper and angle needed based on the distance the subject is from the camera.

×

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

2 Answers

Identify and write down the silent letter/sound in the following words:tombstone;knock;pneumonia;align;would


This is easy. It is the letter that you do not pronounce when you say the word. I guess it is easy for me because I am English and old :>)

tombstone; pronounced toom-stone so the b
knock; pronounced nock so the k
pneumonia; pronounced new-monia so the p
align; pronounced a-line so the g

Jun 21, 2017 | The Office Equipment & Supplies

3 Answers

9p5544c102 Horizontal bow


ok meoff check the convergence circuit. shadow in the picture is defective convergence circuit... replace a new.

Sep 28, 2007 | Philips Magnavox 9P6034C 60" Rear...

1 Answer

The color brown in Cheyenne is pronounced how?


http://www.cheyennelanguage.org/words/colors/colors.htm

This will show you how it is spelled as well as let you listen to how the word in pronounced.

Semper Fi,
Z

Jun 04, 2017 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Differential noise


indicates axle bearing failure rather than diff problems
diff failure is indicated by a growling noise on acceleration or deceleration or a constant harmonic hum while driving at a steady speed
from your description of where the noise is most pronounced indicates wheel bearings

Jun 28, 2017 | Toyota Tundra Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Using the flash puts a shadow on the right side of the face. Seems to show only on faces and only when the flash is used.


Nothing "wrong" with that. All cameras do exactly the same.
The stronger the flash, the more pronounced the shadow is.

One way to reduce it is to step back and zoom on the subject, or if your camera has such feature, reduce the intensity of the flash.

If you need some tips, please Google: How to avoid flash shadows?
Apparently many people have this same problem.

Jun 24, 2011 | Cameras

1 Answer

There is one word in the English language that is always pronounced incorrectly. What is it?


There is one word in the English language that is always pronounced incorrectly. What is it?

Dec 31, 2010 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

I have a Nikon D80 (18-135mm). Just bought a couple of Quantaray filters. When I use the circular polarizer filter 67mm) in combination with the skylight 1A (67mm), I'm getting a dark shadow in the upper...


Okay, I think you're seeing the shadow of filter stack. If you put a lot of filters on the lens, you're in effect shrinking the field of view. Do enough of this and you'll lose the corners. Imagine holding a roll of toilet paper in front of the lens so you're seeing just a little round picture through the core. This won't matter at the longer focal lengths because you're only using the center of the image anyway, but it will become more pronounced as the focal length decreases.

The easy solution for now is to remove the skylight when using the polarizer. If you absolutely need to use two or more filters, then consider using larger filters with a step-up ring. You might also want to consider somthing like Cokin filters ( http://cokin.com/ ).

Oct 19, 2010 | Quantaray 52mm Pro Digital Circular...

1 Answer

Indoor photos are yellow.


Your camera is choosing (or you chose) the wrong white balance setting. Try Auto White Balance, and if that doesn't work, try tungsten white balance. You could switch to daylight color bulbs in your lamps.

May 02, 2010 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 Digital Camera

2 Answers

Horizontal bow and shadow


Replace convergence IC's--then re-check convergence alignment in servicer mode,if necessary.

Sep 27, 2007 | Philips 9P5544C 55" Rear Projection...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-S40 Digital Camera Logo

Related Topics:

137 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Sony Cameras Experts

kakima

Level 3 Expert

102366 Answers

james laughton
james laughton

Level 3 Expert

2117 Answers

JonSnell Electronic
JonSnell Electronic

Level 3 Expert

21371 Answers

Are you a Sony Camera Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...