Make the most of your Nikon’s built-in flash by mastering the modes and exposure controls
Don’t neglect your pop-up flash; we’ve got ways to improve its performance
Most Nikon SLRs have a small pop-up flash. It can be activated automatically by the camera in the fully automatic mode, or by pressing the small flash button just below the flash itself.
This built-in flash isn’t the best main light source, as the flash is very close to the lens, so the results can look quite flat, with obvious shadows behind the subject. That said, it can sometimes be useful for shooting at close quarters in low light, or for adding a little fill-light to portraits and other subjects in bright, sunny conditions.
The range of flash modes available will depend on the exposure mode that you’re using. In the fully automatic ‘green’ mode the flash will normally fire automatically, although you can turn it off. In the Scene modes you have very little control, as the camera will decide whether or not the flash is used. In the more creative modes such as P,A, S or M you will normally have to activate the flash manually. Then you have the choice of different flash modes. See right for the most common ones…