Camera Parts

Digital camera built-in flash

Written by Gail Bjork

Tips to help you to get the most out of that tiny built-in digital camera flash.

Built in flashDon’t have overly high expectations when using a built-in digital camera flash. Flash photos can range from great to awful. If you take a lot of inside shots, consider purchasing a camera with a hot shoe, that takes an external. Or get a slave flash.

Getting the most from a built-in camera flash

A digital camera flash triggers automatically in low light conditions when set to auto mode. On some digital cameras, lifting up the flash activates it.

For best flash performance, always use a flash within the range listed in the camera manual specifications. If your digital camera has flash compensation, adjust settings to increase or decrease flash output as needed.

To improve overall photo quality when using a flash, move subjects closer to available light coming through a window or door before shooting. If there is not outside light, turn on more room lights and change the white balance settings as needed.

Fill-in flash

Many don’t think of using the flash outside. A digital camera sees less detail than the human eye so fill-in flash is used to bring out details that may be lost in shadows. It’s an effective way to eliminate dark, shadowy areas which lack detail such as when a subject is back lit or in the shade.

Digital cameras typically have several flash modes that can be changed to suit a variety of lighting situations. Flash ranges change according to the zoom/focal length used.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.