Posted on: 13th October 2013

You can choose from a variety of flash modes available in digital cameras in the market today. But sometimes, your digital camera’s flash might be too small, which won’t do justice to your photo subject. Even if it is big enough to capture the scene, pictures might still look blurry when you print them out. Take note that there are specific flash ranges you have to consider in order to enhance the crispiness and clarity of the photos.

Photography Flash ModesDigital camera flash modes

  • Automatic mode — Camera flash will automatically be in action in situations where there is insufficient or low lighting. However, there are places where automatic mode is not allowed such as the museum or inside a church so make sure you turn it off before getting too busy with your shots.
  • Red-eye reduction — Reflection from the person’s eyes can be avoided by doing a series of flash before photo exposure. The tendency for the person is to blink in response to your rapid and continuous flashes but it will help in reducing the red eye effect. Of course, you have to warn your subjects about your usage of this flash mode so they won’t appear startled, teary-eyed, or unprepared when you take the shots.
  • Forced (fill-in) flash — Even when the automatic mode will prevent it, forced flash will still happen especially during times where there is a need for more lighting. This mode provides illumination to the photo subject and/or scene when the main source of light is not enough to guarantee a great–looking outcome. It works best when taking pictures outside and the subject is just nearby.
  • Suppressed flash — This mode prevents any flash from being used.
  • Slow sync (also called night scene) — This mode is most effective at night especially when there is just a little amount of light. The flash is triggered swiftly or suddenly to give illumination to the subject or scene.
  • Rear-curtain sync — This mode is like the slow sync but the difference is that you have to wait before the shutter closes before the flash is triggered.
  • Flash exposure compensation – If you want to manipulate the amount of flash output, this is the mode to be used. Not all digital cameras have this kind of feature.

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