White Circles!
As a complete 'newbie', I would be grateful for any advice on a minor problem I'm experiencing. Forgive me for not really knowing any technical terms, but on some of the indoor pics I'm taking (using auto flash), white circles are appearing! I've checked the lens for marks, but as the circles only appear randomly and vary in size.. I doubted this was the cause. Attachment:Circle.JPG..

Comments (7)

That white spot is actually an out of focus speck of dust that is floating in the air in front of the lens. It is illuminated by the flash, and because of it's proximity to the flash, it is much brighter than it would normally ever be imaged. It will only show up in flash photos, and then only when it appears against something dark enough to reveal it. You will never see this effect from dust when you are not using the flash, as the image of something that small and out of focus will not show up on the film unless it is radically overexposed by your flash unit.

Good shooting!.

David <><..

Comment #1

Thanks for you help David, sorry to trouble you again! Could this happen outside? The reason I ask, is although it's only happened once, I have had the 'circle' appear on a photo taken outside. The photo itself was very dark compared to others taken at the same time! Attachments:.

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Comment #2

You've been really lucky. Those are orbs. They are proof of the existence of the paranormal. Many people think they are ghosts. Do a search on "ghost photography" or similar subjects on a search engine. Blaming them on dust reflections is so prosaic and rational.

(It's dust.)..

Comment #3


Sorry about that Craig... I lost my head : P And yes, Nicole, they can certainly happen outside. I have seen many examples. Craig is right, too. There are a large number of people who claim that these "orbs" are supernatural phenomena. I have a friend who is a paranormal photographer who follows these and other types of paranormal imaging.

I used a side mounted flash and large studio stobes for years, and never saw any orbs show up ever. But they show up frequently with built in flash units.

Good Shooting!.

David <><..

Comment #4

LOL... Perhaps I could sell my dust orbs as proof of life after death, or alien existence!!?? Thank you both for your help!! Nicole..

Comment #5

Hi Nicole,.

I read with interest your email about the orbs you have on your digital camera! I too seem to be getting them. I know some people just put them down to dust, but even if I clean my lens they appear. Sometimes my photos are perfect, other times at certain locations I get orbs. Wonder if we will ever have a true answer to this!?.


Christine Rollinson Attachments:.

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Comment #6

It's dust or other atmospheric particles. But it isn't dust on the lens, the particles are suspended in the air in front of the camera.(Random insects, snowflakes, fog droplets, etc. can also cause the problem.)..

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