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    What's with the flash?

    I have a whole heap of photo's that turned out like this with the dark area. My finger wasn't in the way and I can't seem to replicate the problem, any suggestions? It happened for maybe 15 photo's, I had put the camera down and turned it off each time in between, and then it was fine for the other 30 or so.
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    using a popup flash and the lens or hood is blocking the light... thats my guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ving View Post
    using a popup flash and the lens or hood is blocking the light... thats my guess.
    It would be dark on the top if that was the case wouldn't it David ??
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    1/60 f4.5, so it was not a sync issue

    Something was definitely blocking your flash ??
    What about your strap ??

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    It would be dark on the top if that was the case wouldn't it David ??
    No, the pic seems to be taken in portrait (not landscape); the camera rotated to the left so the flash is to the left of the camera? Is that right?

    If yes, then David's answer is spot on...

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    Assuming you don't have an external flash, get one ; if you can't get one just yet try the following:

    - take off any lens hood
    - shoot only landscape (the flash will look a little less weird)
    - This type is indoor shot, up the ISO to at least 400 - 800 if your camera handles it (your d3000 should handle it easily)
    - leave the lens at about f/4 or f/5
    - bring the shutter down as much as you dare about 1/40 sec, a little less is you have an image stabiliser lens.


    You want the flash to do as little as possible - in other words, get as much ambient light on your subject as possible so any weird flash shadows are minimised.

    NEVER, ever shoot portrait with onboard flash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty72 View Post
    No, the pic seems to be taken in portrait (not landscape); the camera rotated to the left so the flash is to the left of the camera? Is that right?

    If yes, then David's answer is spot on...

    Scotty
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkChap View Post
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    Thanks all. Scotty thanks for that indepth answer, very helpful indeed

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