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Old Apr 22, 2006, 11:10 PM   #1
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Whenever I want to do a close shot and hold the camera pretty close to the subject I get this black shadow on the bottom of the picture. It seems like theres something blocking the lens but theres nothing. (look below)

What am I doing wrong?

Why does it do that?


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Old Apr 22, 2006, 11:15 PM   #2
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Possiblya shadow from the lens when using flash?
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Old Apr 23, 2006, 4:15 AM   #3
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I looked at a few pictures of your camera on Steves Review page. Depending on how far away the camera is from the subject, the pop-up flash would be blocked by the lens.

Try this, move back from the subject and zoom in. Then try the shot. The shadow should no longer be there.

Another idea would be to get a hot-shoe flash or even an off-camera flash. This would also correct the problem.

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Old Apr 23, 2006, 5:45 AM   #4
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yes look like flash hitting lens
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Old Apr 23, 2006, 5:54 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone for your replies.

What is an OFF CAMERA FLASH?
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Old Apr 23, 2006, 8:05 PM   #6
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A stand-alone, separateflash unit that connects to the hotshoe on your camera or the flash connector plug (often proprietary withmany digitals). Many, if not most, P&S digitals cannot directly connect to an off camera flash, so youmightfire an IRtriggerable oneby your built in flash if your camera has no plug/hotshoe.
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Old Apr 24, 2006, 1:36 AM   #7
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Shadows from lenses are generally wider and softer than what is shown here. Also, at the Exif focal length given at 6.3mm, the lens is not likely to be extended far enough to caus a shadow. This looks more like a case of a thumb of finger in front of the lens. Do you get this only with flash, or are there other times? Sometimes we aren't aware of how we are holding the camera, and manage to get this sort of thing. Have someone you are taking picture of watch your hands when you shoot.

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