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Many of the latest phones and all the best cameras include far more than point and shoot capabilities.
Often in purely automatic mode if there is not enough light the flash will fire or the picture will be dim if the action is too far away.
Many phones offer special modes for the festive season such as party or candle light.
Some phones and most cameras offer a mode called rear-curtain sync which refers to flash photography.
When combined with slow shutter speeds as in this photograph, of the packed dance floor, at last Saturday’s Nutcracker Ball, ghost double images and spread out lights create the feeling of movement.
The reason for this is that the camera has created one photograph within another. One is an exposure by the available light in the room and the other is a flash photograph lit by the flashgun.
When taking photos at a night-time car rally the technique streaks the head and tail lights giving the sensation of movement.
There will be further pictures and a report of the ball in next week’s Courier.
Joanne Blair in the foreground was frozen by the camera flash. 25_c50potw01_rear-curtain