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Shadows behind my subjects

I am using a Canon Rebel K2 on the automatic setting. It seems that all the photos I have taken in-doors have a dark shadow behide the subject or the edges of the photo are dark. Should I be using a different setting?

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6/5/2006 6:14:28 PM

Buddy Purugganan   The built-in flash could had been in an angle that is straight and direct to your subject---which results in the distracting shadows. To avoid this---try to position yourself from the subject not necessarily 'direct' in front or from below/above---K2 has either 28-90mm lens w/ the portrait mode to assist your AF handling so you are still within the built-in flash range. The dark edges are known as VIGNETTES so its possible the flash range is INSUFFICIENT---an external flash=the 420EX or 550EX are fine and an important accessory.

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6/5/2006 9:03:22 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  A shadow outlining the subject is due to the very direct light from the built-in flash. To avoid this you need to keep your subject away from the wall, or use an accessory flash that can bounce flash or can be mounted in a bracket so that it is higher and throws the shadows lower behind the subject.

Re shadows at the edges of the photo - this is caused by either (a) using a lens with focal lenhth less than 28mm (the limit of the K2's built-in flash), or (b) a lens that is large enough that it physically blocks some of the light from the built-in flash.

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6/6/2006 6:42:51 AM

TRACY    Thanks a bunch you guys have been very helpful!

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6/6/2006 3:57:40 PM

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