For modes that allow flash raise the flash unit

The flash details work out as follows:

• Night Scene, Candle, Sunset, Document, Panorama, and Fireworks mode: Flash is disabled. Even if you raise the flash, it won't fire when you take the picture.

• Night Portrait mode: The flash is set to Slow-sync with Red-Eye Reduction mode. This flash setting combines a slow shutter speed (long exposure time) with a feature designed to help prevent those glowing devil eyes in portraits. After you press the shutter button, the flash emits a brief burst of light designed to shrink the subject's pupils, which reduces the chances of red-eye. After the preflash, the flash fires again to illuminate the subject.

The slow shutter speed enables the camera to soak up more ambient light so that less flash power is needed, resulting in softer, more flatting light on the subject. However, warn your subject to stay very still during the exposure and use a tripod to make sure that the camera also remains absolutely still. Any movement of the camera or subject can blur the photo. See Chapter 6 for more details about this flash mode.

• All other modes: The flash is set to Auto flash mode. If the camera thinks additional light is needed, the flash fires. Otherwise, the flash just sits there looking pretty.

Again, the camera doesn't raise the flash unit for you even in the darkest of settings. You must handle that job by using the Flash Up switch on the back of the camera.

Digital Cameras For Beginners

Digital Cameras For Beginners

Although we usually tend to think of the digital camera as the best thing since sliced bread, there are both pros and cons with its use. Nothing is available on the market that does not have both a good and a bad side, but the key is to weigh the good against the bad in order to come up with the best of both worlds.

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