yumi-chan desu~ 5:31am, 26 January 2010
my dlsr flickers for like 3-4 times before i fully press the shutter button down to shoot...I'd like to know if this is normal or there's something wrong with it...Can anyone help me please? Any suggestions|comments will be highly appreciated! :)

~Yumi
Blackriver Images 8 years ago
Hmm... I'm only guessing but are do you have an external flash attached? I'm wondering if maybe it's the focus assist light. It tends to flash like a strobe light on many flash guns.

I guess to be more help I need to know what you mean by "flickers".
yumi-chan desu~ Posted 8 years ago. Edited by yumi-chan desu~ (member) 8 years ago
i don't have an external flash just a built-in flash.flickers like,i dunno how to explain it correctly (sorry ^_^" ) but the flash sparks swiftly & won't let me push the shutter button down.
Jonto81 PRO 8 years ago
Are you taking pictures in a dark area with auto focus on? I get something like you are describing when trying to take a shot in these conditions, think it might be something to do with the camera trying to assist the autofocus (only guessing so don't take as gospel)
yumi-chan desu~ 8 years ago
yes,it usually happens whenever i take picture in areas with low lighting conditions...hmm,in that case,what should i do to keep it from happening? By the way, thanks to you & to Blackriver Images for taking time to answer my question ^_^
Jonto81 PRO 8 years ago
What I tend to do now if I am using a tripod or have a helper is use a small torch (the pen maglites are brill for this) and use it to light up the area I am going to photo and autofocus on it. once its focused turn off the autofocus on the camera turn off the torch and make sure the falsh is on if you are going to use it. As long as you don't move the camera or the lens settings you can change Exposure/Apature/ISO without changing the focus.

The best bet is to experiment and find what works for you as I have only had a DSLR for a month now and all I do is take the same shot at different settings and trying different things on the same item to see what they do, but I generally try to avoid the built in flash when possible as I haven't liked the results I have got with it.
yumi-chan desu~ 8 years ago
That was very informative,I think I'm gonna take that advice.I'm new to photography,just got my dlsr last xmas so I still have to master my camera.Likewise I'm very excited to learn & apply my learning's so thank you,thank you for sharing what you know with me.

Take care & Have a happy day!

Yumi :)
Blackriver Images 8 years ago
Yep... its the AF assist but not on an external like I was saying but its your pop up.

Sounds like good advice from Jonto81. In a pinch if you don't have a light to help the AF then just focus manually. It helps the AF to put the active focus "dot" on an area of high contrast. If your subject doesn't have a good area of high contrast to focus on you can look for one at the same focal distance... focus on it using the AF button in the middle of your direction pad... hold that button down, recompose your shot then hit the shutter.

Best to have your camera set to "center spot" focus in these situations.
yumi-chan desu~ 8 years ago
@Blackriver Images:

Thank you,i learned a lot *^_^* I know what I'll do now.I always had a hard time focusing cause of that problem but thanks to you guys everything will be okay now.And I won't be worrying anymore,I used to think I broke my cam...Thank you very much and take care! :)

heartfelt thanks,
Yumi :)
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