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Old Dec 25, 2005, 7:20 PM   #1
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I'm having a problem with my Canon's flash which is just too strong and produces pictured that are too bright.In every single review of this camera i've read that "flash is not strong enough and this is to be expected from camera of this size".Well i don't agree at all, just on the contrary i have problem with too much light.Basically i can't shoot in auto mode because of the poor results i get.Any suggestion would be much appreciated.Thanks
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Old Jan 2, 2006, 10:16 AM   #2
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Try reducing the flash output. You would need to be in "P"rogram mode rather than Auto to adjust the flash. The "func" button will bring you to the subset of options that contains the flash setting.
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Old Jan 3, 2006, 12:53 PM   #3
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Hi Leonard.Thank you for your help but i dont know what you mean by "program" button.You can either be in Auto mode or Manual mode so please specify what do you mean by Program button.Thanks
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Old Jan 3, 2006, 9:45 PM   #4
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Well, it turns out the SD450 is a bit different in controls than my S2. I checked out the manual for the 450 and I'm afraid there isn't a flash output setting (from what I can tell anyway). There doesn't appear to be any good way to resolve your problem, which is unfortunate. Sorry about that.
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Okay... had to register just to reply to this. I've been looking at the SD450 is why I read this thread.

There are a few things you could try. The first would be to put the camera in manual mode and take some shots at say -2EV. This will cause the shots to come out darker. You could alsotry the slow sync flash setting. This sometimes reduces the flash output to allow for better exposure of the background. Another, if you have enough room, is to back up to say 8-10 feet from the subject and use the zoom to frame the shot as you wish. The extra distance will reduce the amount of light the flash can put on the subject. Finally, and least elegant, is to hold/tape a piece of facial tissue (maybe only 1-ply) over the flash. This will diffuse and dim the flash output:not the most convenient solution but if you have to have the shot, whatever works.
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Old Jan 4, 2006, 6:22 PM   #6
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Well thank you for your help.I will try few of these suggestions plus the one i've seen on the other site.It basically involves sticking piece of white paper directly on the battery,right in the middle.I know it sounds crazy but people say that it works.I'll keep you up to date
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Old Jan 7, 2006, 3:57 PM   #7
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Just to correct myself.I got it wrong with the white paper on the battery.For flash light to be reduced, it requires sticking piece of paper over the flash on the outside.This is ridicoulous
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