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Taking better pictures using your flash

The vast majority of digital cameras come with a built-in flash. This is handy because it gives you the opportunity to take pictures where there isn't enough available light, but in certain situations it can hurt your picture more than it helps. While shooting with an onboard flash can be tricky, we'll give you some tips on how you can minimize the negative aspects of using a flash, such as flat light and red eye, and reap the benefits of its convenience.

Understanding flash range

Your camera's flash has a specified range at which it functions correctly. If you look in your camera manual, you'll find a minimum and maximum distance listed. Measurements are meaningless unless you can put them to use in some way, so doing some testing is the best way to truly know your range. For our digital camera, the manual said we had a range from 1 to 14 feet away. While you can judge the 1-foot distance easily, 14 feet can be hard to gauge. As a good rule of thumb, if someone is more than a car length away from you, your onboard flash probably won't be effective.


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