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5 Photo tips for various flash settings

Tip 376 (Using Flash Compensation): For those cameras that have Flash Compensation, there would be a way to reduce or increase the brightness of the flash; however, since this is not an area that most users experiment with, it is not present on a number of cameras.

Tip 377 (Flash Settings): There are ways to fine-tune the Flash settings to get the desired outcome, such as when you are shooting action items, versus shooting portraits, and other such different settings. Some of these are Auto, Red Eye Reduction, Auto Red Eye Detection, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Synchro Flash, etc. Remember that if you use the Flash, most cameras have a slight delay between the next shots since the Flash needs to be get charged again.

Tip 378 (Auto Flash setting): When do you use the default setting of the Flash, that is, Auto ? The light meter on the camera detects the amount of light in the surroundings, and uses the flash if required. The default setting work fine in most cases, and it is only in other cases that you would want to change these settings.

Tip 379 (Red Eye reduction flash setting): What is Red Eye ? Red eye is when the eyes of people in the photo get dilated (in lowlight), exposing the back of the eye that is a blood filled membrane. When the light bounces off this membrane, the resultant color is red. Cameras now tackle this by firing light before the actual shot, which causes the pupil to constrict, and thus avoid red eye.

Tip 380 (Using Flash On / Fill Flash): This mode can be called either Flash On, or Fill Flash, but the intended effect is the same. It is meant to use the Flash, no matter what the surrounding light is. In this case, the flash actually illuminates the subject. So, if you are taking a portrait, then the flash fills out the details of the face of the person, and the surrounding light is enough to ensure that objects in the background are also clear.

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