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Reduce shadow How can the shadow created by the camera flash be avoided or reduced?

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All solid objects cast a shadow; it cannot be avoided. Certain techniques will help control or reduce the shadow by eliminating or reducing the harshness of the flash. Some of these techniques are: Elevate, eliminate or soften the flash: Make sure the flash is above the lens when you camera is turned to vertical (portrait) orientation. If the on-camera flash is higher than the subject, the lens should not "see" the shadow in most situations. Make sure the camera is higher than the subject, but not so high that you make a shadow in the other direction (under your subject's eyebrows, nose or chin, for example). If there is enough natural light, you might be able to turn the flash off, or you can add "natural" light to the scene by opening curtains, turning on room lights, and so on. In low light you can still photograph without the flash by making sure the camera does not move during the exposure. Consider using a tripod or monopod. The auto color balance feature should automatically adjust the color for the light source. Sometimes it is helpful (at least minimally) to include a white or near neutral grey item within the camera's field of view to assist the camera's color balance assessment. Mixed lighting gives mixed results. Illuminate, eliminate, or move away from the object that has the shadow cast upon it (a wall, for example). Or, use it to your advantage by angling for a better position that may bounce and diffuse the light from the on-camera flash by reflecting light off the wall. Some photographers might lay a white sheet in front of the subject to soften the light by bouncing the light off the ceiling.

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How do I turn flash on and off?

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:
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AUTO WITH RED-EYE REDUCTION; Reduces "red eye" in portraits.
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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.

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Third-party vendors also make flash units compatible with the D60.

External flash units tend to be more powerful than built-in flashes, which makes sense considering their size and additional batteries. They also move the light source further from the lens axis, reducing red-eye, improving shadows, etc. They also may allow bounce flash, which further softens the light.

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There are several things that you might try to reduce shadows. Be aware that you're not going to eliminate shadows completely, unless you're photographing a flat wall.

1. Move the flash off camera. This will require either a sync cord or some method of triggering it wirelessly.

2. If your primary concern is shadows on a wall, try to move your subject further from the wall. Obviously, the size of the room and the furniture may not allow this.

3. Diffuse the flash to soften it. You can buy a dedicated diffuser, or you can try draping a single thickness of a white napkin or tissue over your flash unit.

4. Use multiple light sources. If you want to use multiple flash units, again you'll need sync cords or a wireless system.

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If you're getting shadows on the bottom center of indoor photos when take with a flash, it is most probably due to the length of the lens on the camera.

A long, telephoto / zoom lenses will create the largest amount of shadow, while shorter and wide angle lenses will be least likely cast shadows. You can reduce the amount of shadow in pictures by removing the lens hood that may be on the end of the lens. The lens hood is to primarily to shield the lens from direct (sun) light, and probably isn't needed for indoor flash photography. Also, rely less on the zoom function of the lens on the camera and physically moving closer to your subject instead. The flash will need to provide much less light output and result in more flashes per battery.

You could use a separate flash - held off the camera so that the lens is not obstructing the light of the on camera flash. Using a Nikon Speed Light, you can set the on camera flash to provide a low output, that would be used primarily to trigger a Nikon Speed Light held by someone or arranged on another surface etc. Youtube is a great source for real life, practical "How To" videos for many operations of the camera and accessories.

I hope this was helpful!

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usually by manually over-riding the automatic flash, the shutter speed varies (in this case it slows down, giving you that blurry or ghosted look) depending on the lighting conditions. If you are shooting in the dark (with flash), leave the flash on automatic. Only force the flash to fire manually if you are shooting in bright conditions, as a "fill-in" flash to reduce shadows.

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I had the same problem on two different makes. Again, go to settings and reduce exposure, avoid magnifying above the standard line indicator and reduce ur resolution to 1 less than max. I am convinced, sans data, that the lag time for higher res may be just enough to mis-time flash. Good luck.

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