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Using Your Camera’s Flash More Effectively

You’re Using Your Camera’s Flash Wrong

Truth is, you shouldn't use the flash at a performance like that anyway. Not at a sports event, not at a school play, not on Broadway, not at fireworks, not at the Olympics — because your camera's flash is useless beyond about eight feet.

Yeah, yeah, I know. I'm telling you to turn off the flash when it's dark out, but to turn on the flash when it's sunny?

That's called a fill flash. Its purpose is to supply a little additional light for the subject to compensate for the overly bright background.

It's worth re-reading, especially as the iPhone's camera continues to get better in low-light situations.