Why is part of my photo flashing white and black?

I get that question asked a lot. Apparently many people turn it on accidentally. I’m sure someone wrote about it online before but I figured I’d share so all of my readers know what it is.

If you are ever reviewing your photos on the camera and see that part of the photo is blinking white and black this is why. Your camera’s review mode is set to show the highlight areas. The areas that are so bright that they either barely have detail or have no detail at all.

This setting can be changed easily. On a Nikon Digital SLR camera while looking at a photo you have taken push the UP/DOWN button to change the display mode. If you set your camera so UP/DOWN change the photo then your LEFT/RIGHT button will act as the display mode setting.

On some Nikon’s you can also make this happen permanently. Watch this video below to see it done on a Nikon D200.

On a Canon Digital SLR camera while looking at a photo you have taken push the INFO button to change the display mode.

Of course the best way to find the feature is to check your camera’s manual. Look for Display Mode, Highlights, Picture Review or something along those lines.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,


  1. Toni Aull June 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    Great info Scott, those little spaces on the camera makes it hard for big or BIGGER fingers to get in the way, must practice to perfect

    • Scott June 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

      You’re welcome, thanks for commenting!

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