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Quick Camera Tweaks: Camera’s Built-in Flash Tip

Smart Use of Camera’s Built-in Flash

Generally speaking, I wouldn’t say I like using the camera’s built-in flash. However, there are a few situations that the built-in flash is convenient.   

Use Camera’s Built-in Flash Cleverly.

The tiny size of the camera’s built-in flash makes it an undesirable source of light for pro photographers. That is why pro cameras do not have a pop-up flash.

However, the built-in flash can be handy as the second source of light.  


The second light source works as a fill flash to brighten the subject against a bright background. Here is a sample of a backlit subject without using a flash. 

Backlit Subject without Flash

No fill light. The built in flash did not fire
No fill light. The built in flash did not fire

In the next shot, I activated the pop-up flash. The fill flash made the image more colourful and pleasing.

Backlit Subject with Fill Flash

A little fill light from the built in flash made a huge difference
A little fill light from the built in flash made a huge difference

How to Use a Camera’s Built-in Flash for Fill Light

It is straightforward. In any camera settings other than fully Auto, activate the built-in flash, and your camera will take care of the rest for you. Ensure that your subject is not further than two meters, as the flash is not powerful enough for distances over two meters.

The camera’s built-in flash is a TTL flash, which means that the camera adjusts the flash’s output. Therefore, You don’t need to work extra to set the exposure for the fill light.

Another Precaution 

Generally, whenever using a flash, try to avoid bright colour objects in the foreground. Therefore, if possible, remove bright colour elements from the foreground, or cover them with darker colour fabrics.


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Another Fill Light Sample

Camera's built-in Flash
Adding a fill flash and changing the camera angle makes improvement

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