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Help with Digital Camera Flash
I have a Cannon PowerShot A95. We got it back in 2005 and we still love it, generally!
The flash is way too bright, though, and it's overwhelming. So, we end up setting up shots so that we can get away without using the flash. If we don't end up with a blurry picture, then the pictures turn out spectaculaly without the flash.
But, as everyone knows, without the flash in not-perfect lighting conditions, the chances of getting a blurry photo are very high, so sometimes you have to use the flash anyway.
But what can I do so that the flash doesn't take over the whole picture and wash everything out?
I thought the camera had a way to reduced the flash intensity, but it doesn't--at least I can't find any settings or documentation stating that it does. I have also tried standing far, far away from the subjects and then zooming in, but it doesn't really work out in reality.
Someone else suggested putting a finger over part of the flash, but then you end up with either red covering the imagine, or a nice shadow in the shape of a finger in the photo. Others have suggested putting white paper over the flash, but that sort of messes up the photo, too.
I can't be the only person in the world with this problem, but other forums didn't tell my anything new or help in any way, so FOOgle it is!