Flash Output Modes on a Canon EOS 60D - dummies

Flash Output Modes on a Canon EOS 60D

By Julie Adair King, Robert Correll

Sometimes, no amount of fiddling with aperture, shutter speed, and ISO produces a bright enough exposure — in which case you simply have to add more light. The built-in flash on your Canon EOS 60D offers the most convenient solution.

In the automatic exposure modes, the camera decides when flash is needed. In Creative Auto mode, you can either let the camera retain flash control or set the flash to always fire or never fire. (You make that selection via the Quick Control screen.)

The Creative Zone modes leave the flash decisions entirely up to you; no Auto mode will hand the reins over to the camera. Instead, when you want to use flash, just press the Flash button on the side of the camera. The flash pops up and fires on your next shot. To turn off the flash, just press down on the flash assembly to close it.


As you can in the fully automatic modes (also known as the Basic Zone), you also can set the flash to Red-Eye Reduction mode. Just display Shooting Menu 1 and turn the Red-Eye option on or off. When you take a picture with the feature enabled, the camera lights the Red-Eye Reduction lamp on the front of the camera for a brief time before the flash goes off in an effort to constrict the subject’s pupils and thereby lessen the chances of red-eye.