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Flash in cameras

  1. Oct 18, 2011 #1
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    how is flash created?

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    flash makes images caught on a camera brighter and the background dark. why does this happen? what exactly is flash made up of? how do you explain the effects of flash?
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    Am I to assume you are referring to the flash on a camera?
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    What does it look like comes out of a flash?
  6. Oct 18, 2011 #5
    white light rays?
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    Tell me about the intensity of light, and its variation over distance from the source.
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    Perhaps poor wording last time...
    How does light intensity vary with distance?
  9. Oct 18, 2011 #8
    the greater the distance, the weaker the light intensity?
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    Yes it is weaker - and weaker in a definite way.

    If you stood in front of a wall in sunlight - and could ignore all the extra light bouncing of the environment - you would be 150000 km from the sun, and the wall might be 150000.01 km fro the sun.

    With a flash camera, you might be 3m from the flash, while the same wall would be 13m from the flash.

    What would that mean?

    EDIT: you better throw 3 more zeros in those "distance to the sun" figures!! ie 150000000 km
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  11. Oct 19, 2011 #10
    hi, can you explain it in simpler terms, i get the first part, but not the last part?
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    If the background is twice as far away as the subject, it will receive only 1/4 the light intensity.
    You camera, which tries to automatically adjust for the light, will have the subject showing brightly, while the background is dark.

    If you have a digital camera with flash, try it.
    Have someone stand 2m from the camera in the following situations.
    (a) against a wall.
    (b) 2m from the wall.
    (c) 4m from the wall.

    if the last part was the "add three more zeros" it as because I understated the distance to the sun.
  14. Oct 19, 2011 #13
    ah, ok i get it now!thank you!
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    A secondary effect:

    Because the subject is so brightly lit, the camera gets plenty of light for a properly exposed shot, and can stop down the exposure (higher f-stop, faster shutter). This mean the background, which might otherwise have been adequately lit, is now going to be very underexposed, i.e. black.

    Much to the chagrin of many Moon hoaxers... :biggrin:
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