Dark Pic with D70


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fuzzyone

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hi, i took a few portrait pic inside my room in afternoon where
the room is quite bright.

This is one of the setting of a pic :

http://www.geocities.com/ilovefuchs01/test.jpg

Focal Length: 70mm
Digital Vari-Program: Auto
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/60 sec - F/4.5
Sensitivity: ISO 200
White Balance: Auto
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: Built-in TTL

How come all my pic appear dark? I always have to use Auto-Level
in PS to brighten the pic I've tried all the mode and use default setting. Is there something missing ?
 

Gymrat76

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fuzzyone said:
hi, i took a few portrait pic inside my room in afternoon where
the room is quite bright.

This is one of the setting of a pic :

Focal Length: 70mm
Digital Vari-Program: Auto
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/60 sec - F/4.5
Sensitivity: ISO 200
White Balance: Auto
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: Built-in TTL

How come all my pic appear dark? I always have to use Auto-Level
in PS to brighten the pic I've tried all the mode and use default setting. Is there something missing ?
What camera? If its the D70 or the D100, then its normal for the picture to be slightly darker. Nikon designed the camera to be slightly darker to preserve the highlights. You can do either one:

1. Shoot with +0.3-0.7EV
2. Use a custom curve

This is only if you use a D70 or D100 though.. posting a sample picture would help more :)
 

Larry

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fuzzyone said:
How come all my pic appear dark? I always have to use Auto-Level
in PS to brighten the pic I've tried all the mode and use default setting. Is there something missing ?
check your EV compensation... i suspect you might have dialled in a negative value without knowing...
 

fuzzyone

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This is the info from PictureProject for that pic:

JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (2000 x 3008)
Lens: 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5 G
Focal Length: 70mm
Digital Vari-Program: Auto
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/60 sec - F/4.5
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image:
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: Built-in TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode Ia (sRGB)
Tone Comp: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto
Image Comment:
Noise Reduction: OFF

EV is 0 leh.... :think:
 

sehsuan

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how bright is your "quite bright"?

to me, quite bright means a BLAZING sun, while for others, their idea may be looking at the sun during sunset. that's what metering is about ;)
 

espn

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Hmm... matrix metering normally averages out the median of the frame's brightness & calculates. Try center if your subject is your kid as shown in the shot.
 

Waz

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Hi

That was my complain too when I first got my D70 (w kit lens).
It was my first Nikon (& DSLR if u don't count the Oly E20).
E20 has a brighter lens at f2.0.

Anyway, being a novice, try many and different settings.
Finally, manage to overcome this by setting slightly higher ISO and
EV compensation. Need to adjust the EV compensation more regularly depending on subject direction w.r.t light and other objects.

As image tend to be slightly soft, on some occasion I had selected the image optimizer in the menu to "sharpen". (Hate to do it in PC).

Hope that helps.

I myself is still trying the various other combination settings.
Hope to improve on the exposure setting selection.
In theory easy. In practical, when need for shoot subject fast, all that was learned go haywire. Anyway, still learning.

Good shooting
 

fuzzyone

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Used to have a F80, so when see most of my pic
are casted in dark shade, even outdoor in morning sunlight,
so abit scare, don't know what the hell is happening...
& didn't expect Digital camera need to perform so many pre-setting
b4 shooting....Seem like have to do alot of experiment with this babe
in order to get used to digital world...Anyway, it's digital.
Can shoot shoot shoot.........

Thanx for the advice.
 

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