Most digital SLR cameras are equipped with a pop-up flash. The flash will fire automatically to illuminate dark or back-lit subjects when set to auto and in some scene modes, including portrait and close-up modes. In P, S, A, and M modes, the flash must be turned on or off manually. Turning the flash off when photographing poorly lit subjects may result in slower shutter speeds and blurred shots or heavy shadows in backlit subjects. Using the flash prevents blur and ensures that backlit subjects are not in shadow.
When using Active D-Lighting, choose a mode other than M or use matrix metering.
Auto Pop-up Modes
In these modes, the built-in flash automatically pops up and fires as required.
01. Choose a flash mode. Keeping the Flash mode button pressed, rotate the command dial until the desired flash mode appears in the information display.
02. Take pictures. The flash will pop up as required when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway, and fire when a photograph is taken.
If the flash does not pop up automatically, DO NOT attempt to raise it by hand. Failure to observe this precaution could damage the flash.
Manual Pop-up Modes
In these modes, the flash must be raised manually. The flash will not fire if it is not raised.
01. Press the Flash mode button to raise the flash.
02. Choose a flash mode (P, S, A, and M modes only). Keeping the Flash mode button pressed, rotate the command dial until the desired flash mode appears in the information display.
03. Take pictures. The flash will fire whenever a picture is taken.