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If you take a flash picture of someone and you're at such an angle that the light from your flash bounces off the back of their eyeballs and their eyes might look all red and creepy in the resulting image. This doesn't happen too often with an SLR, because the flash on the camera is far enough from the lens and it's difficult to get that exact angle that will create the red eye effect, but it can happen. If it does, then you'll want to enable the Red Eye Reduction Flash which works by firing some initial small bursts of light to close down the irises in your subject eyes before it fires the full strength real flash.
To activate Red Eye Reduction, go into the menu, first Shooting menu, second from the bottom Red-eye Reduction, defaults to Disabled. I'm going to switch that to Enable. Now when I press the, with the flash up, when I half press the shutter button to meter, you can see this lamp on the front lights up. This is what it's trying to shine into my subject's eyes to get their irises to close down, so that I don't get such a red-eye problem. So I press that, let it do its thing, and then when I fire my shot, the flash fires. Now, when you're looking through the Viewfinder, you're going to see the Exposure Compensation Control down at the bottom.
It's going to light up and slowly shrink. It's shrinking to let you know that's about how long it takes for this lamp to close someone's irises down. So don't take the picture until you see it disappear. Then you can press the button to take the shot. When using Red-eye Reduction Flash, be sure to tell your subjects to hold still until you tell them that you've got the shot. After those first flashes, they might start moving around and mess up the actual shot if you haven't told them to hold still.
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