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Canon AE-1 Dark Pictures

I just got a Canon AE-1 and snapped some pictures -- without flash. They looked like they would turn out to be really good looking pictures. I got them developed, and a lot of them were really dark with lots of black and reddish areas. The film was not exposed. Most pics were shot indoors on 200 speed film. What am I doing wrong?

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  • reecer Dec 30, 2008

    I'm a beginner, so I think the exposure problem is it. How do I go about setting the exposure and whatnot? I read that pushing the button halfway down will allow you to see the LED meter. I think you're supposed to have it in the middle. If it rises to the M on the top, which way do I turn the aperture? And same for the bottom.

  • Anonymous Apr 04, 2009

    I have very dark picture even if I shot outsdide where brigth light. I use ISO 200, 400 800. I am trying using auto model and it didn't work also the pictures are extremally dark especially when I focus far away. I have tampron leans 18-250 and EOS Rebel XCi 450. What should I do to get more light picture?

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    Timm Chapman May 11, 2010

    If you can see anything on the film, then chances are it was exposed, just not correctly.

    When you took the photos, was the light meter giving you a reading and did you set the exposure so that the light meter was saying the exposure was correct? It sounds like all your shots were underexposed where there was not enough light.

    200 ISO indoors without a flash is not great as 200 is not overly sensitive to light.


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You my friend, need a user guide. Try this link:

Pages 23-26 will cover basic shooting. There is much to learn in the world of photography, so read the manual well and practice.

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