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Old Mar 17, 2006, 12:12 AM   #11
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Pitch black background when using flash
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Old Mar 17, 2006, 10:13 AM   #12
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randyesue,

neither the H1 or the S2 will help you. Image stabilization helps steady your camera, but your problem seems to be at least in part due to subject movement (especially in the first picture), where IS is of no help.

What you should do is use BOTH high ISO AND flash. You will need the flash to freeze motion and the high ISO for ambient light in the background. Set the ISO as high as you're comfortable with (just experiment, it doesn't cost you any in development cost).

Below are some more general tips and tricks:

If you're not already doing this, use the viewfinder, NOT the lcd to frame your pictures. This will help tremendously with camera shake.

When using flash, do NOT stand too close to your subject, as it seems that the flash is quite strong and has a tendency to wash out the pictures.

Try to avoid zooming when indoors (or any low-light situation). That, too, will help cut down on camera shake.

All those tips will not make the pictures perfect, but your pictures should come out better than they do right now.
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Old Mar 17, 2006, 1:12 PM   #13
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randyesue-

The bac has pretty well covered what has to be done. Another thing to remember is that your camera has to be still when taking your photo. Several of your samples, where you blame the camera for being blurry, are really camera motion.

When you are using flash, please keep in mind that there is indeed a range (10 to 12 feet) that is too far. However, there is also a range that is too close and that results in over exposure. Try to stay at least 6 to 7 feet away from your subjects.

If you are going to mix higher ISO settings with flash, as the bac suggested, it may take some experimenting to prevent overexposure (bleached out looking photos).

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Old Mar 17, 2006, 5:28 PM   #14
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randysue,

For some reason, it seems you've stripped most of the EXIF data from your pics, which makes it very difficult to ascertain the parameters used. Think you could repost a couple with the EXIF intact?

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Ok, I'll ask. What is EXIF?
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randyesue-

Normally when you post a photo, that photo automatically includes a data packet that tells the viewer of the photo all the data about the photo. That data packet is called the EXIF data.

When that data is attached to your photo we can tell a whole more about the photo.

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Is there something special I need to do to include it?
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randyesue-

It really depends on what program that you are using to reduce your image size for posting. Do you now understand the flash range minimums and maximum distances?

Tell us a little about how you are setting up your Fuji S-5200:

(a) for flash photos

(b) for high iso photos

What will tell us the most are the ISO settings you are using.

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Old Mar 19, 2006, 5:16 PM   #19
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here's another pic iso 800 with flash
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Another iso 800 no flash
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