Flash Question

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  1. melcooney

    melcooney TPF Noob!

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    I am using a Nikon Coolpix 8700 and although I have not made it all the way through the user's manual, I can not figure out how to stop the automatic flash from washing pictures out. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Stick a rizla over it?

    Presumably it's got a few flash modes like red-eye, fill or whatever? Have you tried any of the other settings?

    Rob
     
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    That's a good idea, I hadn't thought about trying the "Fill" setting. Thanks Rob!
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Some p&s digi-cams have FEC (flash exposure compensation) buried somewhere in the menus. If yours does, just dial it down a few steps.

    Putting a piece of tissue paper over the flash might also help to diffuse the light a bit.

    If you can turn the flash right off and find a better light source (off camera) that will really, really help your photos look better.
     
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    Thanks Mike, I'll have to look for that setting!
     
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    I also recommend putting a piece of tissue paper over the flash!
     
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    And with "rizla" type paper, you have a little glued surface to attach it, and the added benefit of getting the right size for your flash. :mrgreen:
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Never heard of "rizla"

    Time to Google

    *edit*
    Oh, I see :D....ya that would work well.
     

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