Quick Tip: Turn Off Your Point n’ Shoot’s Flash

Disable/turn off your point n' shoot's flash and see what happens! (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Disable/turn off your point n' shoot's flash and see what happens! (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Here’s an easy Quick Tip that will improve the photography you make with almost any point and shoot camera: go into the menu settings and disable/turn off the built-in flash.

This will force the auto exposure settings on the camera to compensate and instead of the straight-on, harsh and flat light of the built-in strobe, you’ll shoot a photo that’s much closer to what you actually see.

Of course this tip does not work if you’re in a dark place. Say you’re at a party and are taking some snaps—go ahead and use the flash. But for most other situations, turning off the strobe is the first step towards really paying attention to the light around you. You start to see photos differently, once you make this adjustment. Photography will become more interesting! Go ahead, give it a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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3 Comments on "Quick Tip: Turn Off Your Point n’ Shoot’s Flash"

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  1. xlphotog says:

    Hey Andrew, great post. I tried a number of times to load your image but it just won’t do it. You might want to try it again for those point and shooters who need to see a graphic.

  2. I’m not sure I follow you. I’ve loaded the page in both Firefox and IE and it displays fine…..

  3. Mike Lamper says:

    Picture worked fine here (IE/Firefox/Chrome).

    Another quick tip when you have to use flash is the stick some masking tape over it to diffuse the light and make it less hard and flat.

    If you still aren’t getting enough light, cut up a plastic bag from the supermarket and stick that over the top of the flash. The great thing about these are they are generally free and they come in different colours so you can even get creative with them!

    Cheap and cheerful, but works a treat.

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