SharonC wrote in post #15232644
Ok...so if I have the camera in auto mode, shouldn't it "adjust" ISO and shutter speed to what it needs? I've already tried using flash as opposed to no flash, and often find that the flash distorts the colour. This camera is new to the market....maybe it's not as good as some others?
"What it needs" is what it needs to get a properly exposed shot, even if that's a properly exposed blur. On a tripod, it could probably get you a sharp shot at that speed, but not hand-held. You'll notice that in the shot with flash, he's sharper. This may be because of two things - the shutter speed, when using flash, is less important since the flash (which is very short) does most of the exposing to the closer part of the picture (flash range at wide is only 1.6-16 ft, and if it's exposing for something close in, stuff in the background won't be lit by the flash), and you weren't as close to your subject.
When you use flash, the camera sets its white balance (not all "white light" is the same colour) correctly for the flash. If part of the scene is lit by incandescent or fluorescent lights, or by shade, cloudy skies, or some other kind of light, the part of the picture illuminated by that other light may look funny. For instance, incandescent lights are much "warmer" than daylight or a flash, so parts of a flash-lit photo that are being illuminated mainly by the incandescents will look orangey.