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Old Dec 29, 2009, 1:42 PM   #1
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Seemed like the correct choice taking a group photo in front of the Christmas tree, used the tripod, and used "Scene" and chose "Night+Portrait"
Camera is Olympus SP-500UZ
After seeing these ( I took about 4 like this ) I put it on Auto and the ghost pics didn't appear. What is up with this anyway?


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Old Dec 29, 2009, 1:48 PM   #2
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What happened is that was a 4 second exposure, and your subjects were probably moving around during that time period until the flash fired. As a result, the photo is showing areas of the background that were exposed because the subjects were not in front of those areas during the entire time the shutter was open.

The mode you used is designed to keep the shutter open long enough to expose the background for things like Cityscapes, then fire the flash to expose closer foreground subjects. But, if your subjects are moving around in lighting that's bright enough, you can get those types of results.
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You got a Christmas Carol with Marley and the three ghosts of Christmas.
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What happened is that was a 4 second exposure, and your subjects were probably moving around during that time period until the flash fired. As a result, the photo is showing areas of the background that were exposed because the subjects were not in front of those areas during the entire time the shutter was open.

The mode you used is designed to keep the shutter open long enough to expose the background for things like Cityscapes, then fire the flash to expose closer foreground subjects. But, if your subjects are moving around in lighting that's bright enough, you can get those types of results.
Here's a shot I took recently where I wish I had known this technique. Using the flash lit up my subjects just right but the background was too dark. So I didn't use the flash, I just handheld the camera. The whole scene is bright but my subjects are blurred because they're moving.



Thanks for the info, JimC! I have to look it up in my camera's and flash's manuals.
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