Well, I have saved and saved even more so I'd be able to get myself the Speedlite 580EX, and now I have it! :cheer: However - taking photos with a flash is sooo different from all I have been doing so far (i.e. trying to work with available light at all times in order to avoid having to use the on-camera flash). I have to read and read a lot more on this new part of photography. Yesterday, in the shop, when I said to the salesperson that it might be hard for me to have grown familiar with this new gadget until Sunday (commission for which it will be needed), he said, no problem at all. It does everything all automatically. And he suggested I put the camera back on AUTO and then everything would turn out just fine. And I better shoot JPG for the time I am still "playing", he said (don't know why). Well, this afternoon, I could "persuade" my cat to be my willing (?) subject for a bit of bounced-off-the-ceiling flash (I don't like anything BUT this). But I find all my photos too bright!!! See this: Photo 1 - SOOC* (*straight out of camera) This being a JPG now, in PS I only worked with the levels ("level"-person is what I am), pushing the shadows from 0 - 20 and the midtones from 1,00 to 0,70) - still not good but maybe better? Photo 1 - edit (levels in PS) And again! Photo 2 - SOOC And Photo 2 after an identical treatment in PS OK, I did not like the original crop, so if I were to produce "a final version" of that one, it would look like this: Photo 2 - edited and cropped But why is that new flash always too bright? What can I do about it? Should I go back to RAW? Would that be wise? (And yes, I will read the manual, and will read it with the camera manual in the other hand, and I even got myself a whole new book on flash photography which I will also read!! But I won't be able to master all this until Sunday. I need to be able to get good enough photos in the AUTO mode, I should think.