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    Default Newbie needs help!

    I got a new camera, which allows me to set apeture and shutter steeings.


    When I set the shutter speed to very fast, intending to capture fast movement, the entire shot goes dark like night.

    How can I solve it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redstone
    I got a new camera, which allows me to set apeture and shutter steeings.


    When I set the shutter speed to very fast, intending to capture fast movement, the entire shot goes dark like night.

    How can I solve it?
    One obvious solution is "Don't set it too fast".

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    How do I freeze a fast movement without the pic getting very very dark?

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    Default Re: Newbie needs help!

    in order to be able to use a fast shutter speed, you will need more light going to the sensor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega
    in order to be able to use a fast shutter speed, you will need more light going to the sensor.
    Please enlighten me!

    How?
    Higher ISO?
    Bigger aperture?

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    In other words use a wider aperture.

    Do a search on the net to understand the relationship btw shutter speed and aperture, and how they affect your pictures. This is a very basic concept and I doubt many people will bother to explain it here.

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    Can someone please explain to me since it's so easy to you guys?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redstone
    Can someone please explain to me since it's so easy to you guys?
    I'll try my best cos I also still a bit sucky at this part...

    Fast shutter (e.g: 1/1000 etc) = less light reaching sensor and vice versa for slow shutter.

    In order to allow more light to reach the sensor due to fast shutter speed, aperture or ISO must increase, though I won't recommend pushing your ISO.

    Now here's the thing about aperture or f/ number. The larger the number (e.g: f/22), the darker your pic will be (low aperture).

    So in order to get your pic bright, your aperture value would have to go to say 4.5-5.6, depending on lighting conditions.

    Hope this answers your question.

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    My aperture is at max (most light)....
    ISO is at max at 400....

    But my fast shutter shots are still very dark...

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    Can someone tell me how to capture fast movement, without making the pic dark?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redstone
    Can someone tell me how to capture fast movement, without making the pic dark?
    Ok... First, how fast is fast? And second, what is your current setting that's making your pic dark?

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    Like 1/500 speed....
    2.8 aperture
    IS0400.

    Pic still dark as night...

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    Quote Originally Posted by redstone
    Like 1/500 speed....
    2.8 aperture
    IS0400.

    Pic still dark as night...
    Are you sure? Cannot be lorz. 1/500 isn't very fast. Got any samples so I can actually visualise? Else I may say at this point of time there's a problem with your cam.

    And exactly what were you trying to shoot? And where/when?

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    Indoors in my house...

    Unless I use flash to illuminate the fast object. Otherwise very dark.

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    post samples.

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    Indoors very unlikely you can use 1/500 without flash.

    A camera can't be as good as the human eye. It may seem bright enough to your eye, but your camera still needs more light. By my experience, indoor shots with a bit of ambient light through your window, a good speed is 1/125 to 1/160. Under 1/125, camera shake will be evident.

    If 1/125 is not enough, then unfortunately you have to capture this "fast movement" outdoors. I think your camera is limited by the max aperture and speed... ie. whatever you're trying to capture is simply beyond the ability of the camera.
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    put it simple...your problem is that there isn't enough light for you to get the pic you want.

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    to get a correct exposure you need the correct balance of shutter speed and aperture for your lighting condition of your scene. it is different for every scene.

    so it depends on your lighting condition at your scene.
    try using the A mode and set at the biggest aperture, let the camera decide the shutter speed.

    Mount your camera on a tripod.
    Add more light to your scene.

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    I can conduct a one to one basic phtography course for you or a couple of your friends for a small fee heh heh..
    Go though all the basic plus hands on. If you keen on something like that pm me will give you a course outline

    Shutter and aperture is a see saw.
    Adjusting either will increase or decrease light.
    You need to rely on your meter to tell you if your app/shutter setting is possible.
    If you know that you need you shutter to be 1/500 and your meter is telling you that you do not have suffcient light then you will need a flash to provide the light required.

    Theres a whole lot of technicalities eg stops and stuff which you can read up on but easier if somebody shows you, give you some tutorial pratices

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