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!
I have a friend who puts any reflective item that's available - a kitchen knife for example - directly in front of the flash, but in an angle to point the light upwards. He says it helps. Haven't tried it myself.
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Who is this General Failure anyway, and why is he reading my drive?
You need to adjust the "flash exposure compensation" (FEC) to reduce the power of the flash. You may have to take it out of total auto mode to do this. Maybe the "P" mode if you have that option. If your camera doesn't give you that option (I have another version of the PowerShot that does), then you might try using manual (M) which should let you choose all the setting for yourself.
Alternatively, you could make a homemade light diffuser to put over the flash - something opaque like a piece of a plastic milk jug. THis will spread out the light and make it softer and less intense.
but if you redirect the flash completely, won't your photos turn out blurry just like turning the flash off?
What he's doing here is "bouncing" the flash, again, to diffuse the flash and make the light softer. This works indoors where you have a low white ceiling and /or you are near light colored walls that the light can bounce off of. Outside or in a huge high ceilinged room this wouldn't work too well.