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Darkening images In our camera, and several other peoples cameras of differing brands, we have noticed that in photos taken with the flash, the image gets darker until it disappears through repeated viewing on computer and television display. Photos taken without the flash are ok, but we cannot workout how the flash photos are being degraded on the camera memory card.

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  • Elise Sinclair Jun 21, 2007

    The pictures taken with the flash were originally illuminated appropriately and clear images.
    It is the whole image that has darkened, not a poorly exposed picture.
    It is not really a problem with the camera, it is the image data being degraded.
    What we can't work out is how or why. We want to make sure we dont lose treasured pictures.



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When the flash is activated the camera reduces its light sensitivity[In old photo terms it 'Stops Down'] to prevent 'burnout'[or over exposure] As the flash is small powered and has only a limited 'throw' only the objects illuminated by the flash will be correctly exposed. On the other hand- with no flash the camera will open the aperture wider to maximise the light available.

Posted on Jun 20, 2007

  • Anonymous Jun 20, 2007

    I am often perplexed when I see flashes popping off at big stadium events- or inside a public building when the user is taking images of the architecture. Complete waste of battery power, and an annoyance to others around.
    Take photos without flash where ever possible and brighten images in a computer image editor.

  • Anonymous Jun 21, 2007

    When you say repeated viewing I get a different slant on the problem.
    I though you meant as taken.
    O.K> These images are EXIF images which is a JPEG variant created for Digi Camera to include
    such info as exposure data date camera make [sometimes].
    A JPEG image is a highly compressed filed and every time it is opened and closed or copied to a folder or another device- the image will when closed[saved] will recompress thus losing part of the data.
    Dong this repeated will eventually to total degradation.
    So the thing to do here is to create a folder of the original images.
    Better still when taking photos, if your camera allows it ensure that are taken as uncompress files such as TIFF or RAW- This makes for hughe files and therefoer reduces the number of images per card.
    Then take 1 copy of all and save as JPEG
    and use that exclusively for your viewing etc.
    Copy the original sacrosanct files- burn them to a CD[Though do review the CD from time to time and make a fresh burn- because burned Cd's 'fade' in time also.[For other reasons but fade they do]



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