get your mind out of the gutter. I just bought a Canon T4i bundle. It came with a Canon EF-S 18-55 IS II lens, and a DSLR300 flash. The camera has a pop up flash built in but I think this hot shoe flash must be for longer distances? I just received the camera yesterday and I'm still waaaaaaay new to this camera... but... when I take pictures in auto mode the pop up flash will pop up when needed and the resulting picture looks good. When I try with the hot shoe flash the resulting picture is all washed out. I have tried the different settings on the flash unit, M, blue arrow, red arrow, all with the same result. Should I be doing something different in the camera? Maybe not have it in auto mode? Or is this flash only for longer distances? The washed out tests were about 6 feet or so. There was a little sync cable that came with the flash. Will it / do I need to plug it in somewhere? There doesn't seem to be much info about this in the camera manual. Thanks in advance, confused in OC > The thread you started was moved per the Beginner's forum description: < Photography Beginners' Forum Don’t be shy. Use one of the forums in the - Photo Galleries - Photos submitted by members for general display or critique - section of TPF if you want C&C improvement tips on some of the photos you have taken. For equipment specific questions, use one of the forums in the Camera Forum section of TPF. Brushing up on some of the basics? The Beginner's forum is for asking basic technical photographic questions about things like shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, metering modes, focusing modes.