Nikon D100 while shooting F--- appears and camera will not work
Nikon D100 while shooting action shots, white balance-Auto, ISO-800 . going good until I shoot 200 pictures then "F---" shows up in the display area and camera will not work. unless I put it towards direct sunlight the F goes away.. but when I bring the camera down it goes right back where I cna't use it. ..I changed the ISO higher and still goes to F---...HELP....
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Try pushing the menu button and selecting "shooting menu". There you should find options for: Image Mode, Whire Balance, Continuous Shooting, ISO, and Color options. Setting the White Balance to "Auto" actually produces the most accurate and reliable results.
higher iso settings allow you to use a faster shutter speed. This can be extermely helpful when handholding your camera, especially with the telephoto end of some zoom lenses on small digital cameras. Faster shutter speed will also freeze action better.
automatic white balance can be useful for shooting quickly in changing light conditions; however I rarely select auto as my standard. the auto setting often gives inconsistent results simply because it is an auto function that is making the best of a world that varies in terms of color and light.
Hi Sandy, Page 43 of the D80 manual explains about Auto ISO. It works in the Vari-Program modes. In one of those modes turn on your menu go to Shooting Menu, move down to ISO sensitivity, this is where you can set Auto ISO to on or to a select ISO.
Make sure your options are reset to factory default just to make sure some option has not been changed by accident, like white balance or others, then make some test shots. If that doesn't correct the problem, here are some more suggestions.
I am not sure what you are taking photos of, portraits, the entire room, etc. However, I would try a manual setting with and ISO of around 800 for a few frames, then try the museum setting in the scene menu. See what the results of those are. Also try the portrait selection for items or people that are fairly close. You have to be sure you have read your manual and became familiar with the camera. Most people that have reviewed your camera's model have stated it is pretty good in low light, but the flash is somewhat weak. Light is the secret to good photographs with a standard point and shoot. The camera you have has quite a few good options and should work fairly well in low light if on the correct setting.
You need to set the white balance for the kind of light in the gym. Take a few test shots while changing the white balance each time until you're happy with the color. For indoor shots, set your ISO to at least 800 and turn off the flash unless you're 10-12 feet from the action. If the camera has some sort of shake reduction, turn it on.
Sounds like you are set in ISO AUTO. This will change your ISO when you are in light that is low enough to give underexposure. In most of the shooting modes, the D100 will change shutter and/or aperature to prevent underexposure, but if it can't avoid the underexposure, it will change the ISO to correct the underexposure.
It also sounds like you have a low light shooting situation. The blur you see is likely from the long exposure, which is pretty hard to hand hold. Noise in the picture would be from the high ISO, but if it's a noise problem you probably don't have blur.
Avoiding the blur is best done with a tripod or a shutter speed of at most 1/60. If you can't get a good exposure at 1/60 or faster, then try the tripod. If you can't use a tripod, then let the ISO (in auto) go up to 1600 and then remove the noise with photoshop or another photo editor. You'll have to play around with the noise reduction settings to get one that works for you.
The key to low light photos is to make sure you get an exposure that isn't blurred, even if you have to use a high ISO. It's easy to remove the noise in software, but blurry photos can't be fixed.
The sport setting uses a faster shutter speed to stop motion. However, if you have the ISO set to a low number and try to take action shots in dim light, they will be blurry. Either use auto ISO or use a higher number such as 400 or 800.
The mode dial (topside left) must be set to M. That's it for manual settings - the camera won't check anything, and certainly shouldn't require the flash. You need to choose your own shutter speed and aperture settings to get a good photo, but the camera will let you take a picture no matter how you have it set.