I have posted previously about using off-camera flash to make readable photos of old tombstones. (You can google "off-camera flash gravestone" to find my video & related photos). However, previously, I had been using a DSLR camera to do these photos. For a recent genealogy trip to Missouri, I left my big camera at home, and took only a compact camera. I also brought a speedlight flash, remote trigger and an optical trigger. I found this to work very well in most situations. The "After" photo shown here was taken as follows: Cloudy conditions, flash at 1/4 power, Camera set to "P" (program) mode, built-in flash on, Exposure compensation ("EV") set to -1. I held the transmitter with attached optical trigger right in front of the camera's built-in flash, actually blocking the built-in flash from reaching the subject. This triggered the speedlight flash held beside the tombstone by my assistant. This resulted in an exposure of 1/320 second at f/4 with ISO 80. The particular camera settings are much less important than the lighting. The camera was a Canon S100, but many compact cameras could have taken virtually the same photo with this setup.