Why don't people turn their flash OFF in stadiums?

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Parishrut Pandey
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Why don't people turn their flash OFF in stadiums?
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I don't understand it. The bigger the event is, the more flashes you see. It is wonderful to watch and gives a great sense of occasion, but is there a particular reason for this? Almost every camera that is taking pictures seems to flash. Isn't it useless?

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99.9% of the people taking pictures in these circumstances:

1. Think that the flash will help;

2. Don't know how to turn it off anyway.

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In reply to Parishrut Pandey, 8 months ago

Yes, it is useless.

I think most people rely on the camera. If the camera sees dark, it fires the flash. If the camera didn't fire the flash, the stage would be overexposed and blurred because of a long shutter speed, so in a way, the flash works ... perhaps ... sometimes.

You don't see all those people who knows how to turn their flash off because they dont flash.

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Most people are clueless. It's a hoot to be shooting a football game from the sidelines and see all those little twinkling strobes.

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I cringe a little bit when I see people taking pics of the Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn Bridge Park with a flash. Yes, that tiny little flash will illuminate those huge buildings from across the East River.

I'm sure they just don't realize it won't work or they don't know how to keep it from flashing. It doesn't harm anyone.

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I was thinking the same just yesterday watching the Oxford-Cambridge boat race. Yes, that flash is going to reach those small boats in the middle of the Thames.

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hotdog321 wrote:

Most people are clueless. It's a hoot to be shooting a football game from the sidelines and see all those little twinkling strobes.

lol...

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BaldCol wrote:

99.9% of the people taking pictures in these circumstances:

1. Think that the flash will help;

2. Don't know how to turn it off anyway.

You missed

3. The camera is set to "Auto" and the flash is automatically enabled.

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PhotoSenpai wrote:

I was thinking the same just yesterday watching the Oxford-Cambridge boat race. Yes, that flash is going to reach those small boats in the middle of the Thames.

Wow!  Boat races at night!  If it is that dark, do the boats turn on their port and starboard running lights? LOL

Reminds me of the old story about a college campus near here.  Guys used to grab a blanket and a girl and go down to the river bank at night.  Said they were going to watch the submarine races.

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The camera won't take a picture unless flash is raised - even in P mode. SX50 will complain, unless I switch to manual. Same for the 20D except it's easier to switch. Shutter won't work. On some cell phones the light will go on automatically for videos.

I find it annoying with electronics. I never even had a flash on my SLR. Someone taught me to use existing light. You don't have a button that changes ISO, shutter speed, in some cases, aperture. The 20D does have a readout on the top, the SX50 you have to use the screen with that circular switch.

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Parishrut Pandey wrote:

I don't understand it. The bigger the event is, the more flashes you see. It is wonderful to watch and gives a great sense of occasion, but is there a particular reason for this? Almost every camera that is taking pictures seems to flash. Isn't it useless?

They either don't know how, or don't care, or both.

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weezy wrote:

The camera won't take a picture unless flash is raised - even in P mode. SX50 will complain, unless I switch to manual.

SX50 will take a photo with the flash not raised, just maybe not in full auto.

Same for the 20D except it's easier to switch. Shutter won't work.

Same thing; unless you're in full auto any DSLR will take the photo w/o the flash raised.

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Parishrut Pandey wrote:  I don't understand it. The bigger the event is, the more flashes you see. It is wonderful to watch and gives a great sense of occasion, but is there a particular reason for this? Almost every camera that is taking pictures seems to flash. Isn't it useless?

... if you turn the flash off you will not be able to get a decent shot of the moon!   

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hotdog321 wrote:

Most people are clueless. It's a hoot to be shooting a football game from the sidelines and see all those little twinkling strobes.

And how easy it is to mock these poor people for being clueless because we are experts and therefore somehow superior.

Possibly they in turn might also mock us for not knowing the steps in Morris Dancing or the difference between say a Triumph TR3 and a TR3A, or indeed any other piece of knowledge which is only of interest to an anorak?

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Some P&s cameras probably don't have a way to turn the flash off, the people don't know how to turn it off, or they think it will help the picture.

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Some P&s cameras probably don't have a way to turn the flash off, the people don't know how to turn it off, or they think it will help the picture.

I'm sure you are right but did you mean to reply to me?

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Parishrut Pandey wrote: I don't understand it. The bigger the event is, the more flashes you see. It is wonderful to watch and gives a great sense of occasion, but is there a particular reason for this? Almost every camera that is taking pictures seems to flash. Isn't it useless?

... if you turn the flash off you will not be able to get a decent shot of the moon!

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We are talking of stadiums and photography of players here, which are MUCH closer than the moon. You don't need a flash for that.

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I'll bet some of those people would laugh if they saw me attempting woodworking or plumbing or the other things they know about that I don't.

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meland wrote:

DaveOl wrote:

Some P&s cameras probably don't have a way to turn the flash off, the people don't know how to turn it off, or they think it will help the picture.

I'm sure you are right but did you mean to reply to me?

Sorry, No I was replying to the OP, but didn't see your name in the box.i

I don't know how to turn off the name in the box or how to change it.  I should have just replied to the original poster's post.

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You can turn the flash off ??? <nt>
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