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When Lighting Is Poor: Using the Flash
The following six flash modes are available:
Mode How it works When to use it
Flash fires when lighting is
poor. Best choice in most situations.
Auto with red-
Pre-flash is used before the
main flash fires to reduce
“red-eye.” If “red-eye” is
detected after an image is
taken, the camera will cor-
rect “red-eye” when stor-
ing the picture.
Use for portraits (works best when
subject is well within range of flash
and looking at pre-flash). Not recom-
mended when quick shutter response
Flash will not fire even
when lighting is poor.
Use to capture natural lighting under
dim light or where use of flash is pro-
hibited. If J (camera shake) icon
appears, care should be taken to
Flash fires whenever pic-
ture is taken.
Use to “fill-in” (illuminate) shadows
and back-lit subjects.
Auto flash combined with
slow shutter speeds.
Use to capture both subject and back-
ground at night or under dim light.
Care should be taken to avoid blur-
Shutter speed slows; built-
in flash fires just before
Creates stream of light trailing mov-
ing objects. Care should be taken to
avoid blurring when lighting is poor.