Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting with the built-in flash, part of Learning the Nikon D5200 and D5300.
- If you're shooting in one of the two auto modes, or in some of the scene modes, your camera can automatically determine if the flash is needed. When you press the shutter button halfway down, the camera will auto focus and meter the available light. If your camera decides that there's not enough light in the scene to get a sharp, handheld shot, then the camera will automatically pop up the flash and charge it up. This is useful when shooting with slower shutter speeds. However, while the flash is useful, it can be annoying to others. Maybe you're shooting at a child's recital or a concert, or inside a museum.
In this case, the flash could become ineffective, or maybe cause bad reflections. Or, be downright inappropriate. To get around this, you can disable the auto flash mode, simply by turning the mode dial to "Auto," flash off. Remember though, if your camera is trying to use its flash, it likely needs it. If you still don't want to use the flash, then it's time to adjust the camera manually. For example, you could bump up the ISO, and increase the shutter speed. Alternatively, you might want to try using a tripod, or brace the camera using a ledge or a pole for greater stability.
Be sure to check out Ben Long's "Foundation of Photography" course on both exposure and flash for more details.
- Getting ready to shoot
- Shooting in scene modes
- Working with the built-in flash
- Changing ISO
- Focusing with modes or by hand
- Understanding shutter release mode
- Switching metering modes
- Shooting with an external flash
- Shooting video
Skill Level Beginner
1. Quick Start
2. A Closer Look at the Camera
3. Shooting in Programmed Auto Mode
4. Exploring Autofocus
5. Understanding Shutter-Release Modes
Using the self-timer2m 20s
6. Understanding Exposure Controls
7. Beyond the Basics
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