Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Some Photos and a request for HELP!

So here's what I've taken. What I'm going to do is show the altered photo and then the original. The photos were taken on a VERY sunny day, no shade, no shadow, no flash, ISO 100, 1/250, very low f-stop. They turned out Dark. What am I doing wrong? They turned out beautifully when I used a Cannon tool to adjust the histogram, but I want to take pictures that I don't have to manipulate like crazy to publish. Any help would be appreciated. And remember, I'm totally new to this!

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(Used Rollip.com on this one, too)

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These were taken with flash. Oh! And I used a macro lens.

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7 comments:

Char said...

depends on your focus point and how you adjusted your exposure. i'm trying to think how to explain this...if you focused on the brightest point in the shot, the camera will automatically adjust the exposure to compensate (darken the shot) or if you focused on the darkest point, the camera will try to make that lighter and blow out your highlights. try a couple of things - try adjusting your exposure to the negatives and see if it helps - or play with your focal point.

Michelle said...

Wish I could help, I'm not a photographer and understood about 5% of what you said, you know 'used a flash' or 'didn't use a flash'.

Ruth said...

aww dear i so wish i could help... but i need help myself..:)) so sorry i couldn't come by to wish you on your Birthday. Happy belated Birthday anyways... God bless,
Ruth

beth said...

if you were shooting on aperture, your iso was too much for a sunny day....i would have kept it at 400.

also check your spot metering to see where it's at...it seems like it was in the wrong spot and that may have caused the darkness....

and even at a 400 iso....an aperture at 2.8 to 5.6 your shutter speed could have been at 1/60 and you would have been fine...i think.

BUT it's so hard to tell without looking at the camera and your location.

Jen said...

Did you have it on manual mode? My Nikon has a light meter on manual mode. If you try to get it lined up in the center then the pic should come out not too dark, not too light. I took a class earlier this year. It was so helpful for learning stuff like this!

Katy said...

I have to disagree completely with the poster who said you shouldn't use ISO 100 on a sunny day. A sunny day is EXACTLY when you should use 100. The higher the ISO number, the MORE sensitive to light the camera becomes. So the higher numbers are meant for when there is LESS light.

What mode do you shoot in? Full manual? Aperture priority? Something else? I usually shoot aperture priority, which basically means I set the ISO and the aperture, and the camera picks a shutter speed to expose properly.

I just went and looked at the EXIF data on a bunch of my own shots of flowers that were taken on bright sunny days with no shade, ISO 100 and f2.8. And in all of them, the speed was at least 1/800, with more of them being 1/1000, and even one 1/2000. So I'm guessing your problem is your shutter speed.

Try shooting the same scenes in aperture priority with the same ISO and aperture, and see what shutter speed the camera picks.

Laurie said...

Hmmm...I'm clueless about the technical stuff, but all your pictures are quite interesting. I liked them even if they weren't perfect.

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