How do I enable flash for a single photo with a Nikon D80?

by James

Using full AUTO on the camera does not show details properly, such as shooting an overflying aircraft. The bottom of the aircraft is definitely lacking in detail since it seems too dark.

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Use a Manual Mode
by: Digital SLR Guide

The easiest way to activate the flash yourself - and this applies to any digital SLR, not just the D80 - is to take the camera out of AUTO mode and select one of the manual modes.

The Manual modes are Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Full Manual.

You don't have to become an instant photography expert to use these modes - in fact, Program mode (P) is just like AUTO mode except that it gives you some level of manual control.

If you want to activate the flash for just one photo, set the camera to Program mode, manually pop up the flash (by pressing the flash button at the top of the camera) and take some shots.

Close the flash back down when you no longer need it.

I use this technique all the time to add just a touch of light to dark shadows on bright sunny days - an approach that's called "fill flash".

You can read more about fill flash here.

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