Hello all, My name is Vicki and I, like a few other here, have just made the switch to the d-slr world from my sony p&s. I've tried reading booklet, oh man, VERY overwhelming/information overload. I am already looking into a photography class in the fall.... Anyway, my husband wanted me to take some pics in the house this evening. We were both getting upset because we could not understand the so very many blinks before the flash. I mean, it wasn't pitch dark or something.....just not very light, and it just "blinked" forever before it actually took the picture. Then I read this... David Rasnake said, "What you may be getting, however, is either a low-light AF assist pulse or the pre-flash that the camera uses to meter. Not sure how you'd turn the AF assist off (not sure you'd want to...), and there's probably not much you can do if what you're seeing is the pre-flash (though usually this burst is so short that we don't perceive it independent of the flash itself)." So, this is something I want to happen? By the time it took the pic my dog was long gone. Any suggestions? Thank!!