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Grossly overexposed images using Nex-6 inbuilt flash.

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I use my Sony Nex-6 with a variety of Nikon lens in the aperture priority mode with Release Without Lens activated and focus peaking.

Recently I have tried to use the built-in flash in low light situations with dismal results.

When I press the shutter button the flash does not emit a single flash and instead appears to flash three or four times in quick succession resulting in the image being grossly over-exposed.

I have the flash set to the Slow Sync Mode.

I  am inexperienced in using the built-in flash and would appreciate it if someone could advise me where I am going wrong.

Thank you.

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Are you certain your Red-Eye reduction is not actib=vated ? It would explain the numerous flash bursts you are describing

Are you certain your flash exposure compensation is set at 0EV ? It would explain the overexposure

 

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Thanks Michelb for your response.

I followed your suggestions to check to see if the Red-Eye reduction was activated and it was.   I de-activated it and then checked the flash exposure

compensation.  It was set to 0EV so I changed it to -2 EV.    I tested the camera with the changed settings and the images were vastly improved. 

It has occurred to me that if you take a photo of something in a dark room using a flash you will not get the same natural look that you would 

get if the room was well lit and you did not use the flash.

 

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That tiny little flash does come in handy every now and then. Whenever I use the built in flash on my a6500, I always point it upward to bounce the flash off the ceiling rather than flashing straight forward. The light thus travels a longer distance to your subjects and the ceiling acts as a big diffuser. Both effects result in much smoother lighting. A frontal flash will usually get you harsh shadows and ugly results, avoid if possible.

Edited by Pieter

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