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

Started Apr 7, 2014 | Discussions thread
Lee Jay Forum Pro • Posts: 52,721
Re: That's nothing -- but life's too short

AdSR wrote:

Lee Jay wrote:

I was just at Disney Orlando.

There was a guy in front of me, just before the Epcot center fireworks, trying to take a picture of the scene around the lake using a P&S with the flash on. I don't know how many stadiums you could fit in that space, but it's a heck of a lot. I watched his LCD pop up each time with a black image. Then he'd mess with the camera for a few seconds and try again, still with flash. Same result, of course.

But even that is nothing compared to watching someone shoot pictures of the moon with the flash on.

The answer to why people do this is AUTO MODE. These people use nothing else, and so deserve what they get.

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I don't think they deserve it, they just won't get any better.

Life's too short. You can only know so much. I don't expect everyone to "deep-study" every activity they perform.

I was wondering if this could be solved on the camera side. It looks like it can't. For all the smart features modern cameras have (face detection, blink detection, smile shutter -- don't laugh), they don't do anything intelligent in an "impossible" situation.

Compacts should recognize when the focus position is beyond, say, 10 meters that the flash isn't going to do anything and shut them off.

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