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Daytime Photos A Little Dark In Auto Mode

I just got my Canon Rebel XTI...upgraded from the 6.5 MP. When taking photos in the action (motion) mode, on a sunny day, the photos seem to come out darker than they should. Just wondering if there's a preset that isn;t working right or if there's some way I have to adjust settings?

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Re: Daytime Photos A Little Dark In Auto Mode

If you are in full auto the camera is going to meter to the brightest point. If your subject is in the sun you should be ok but if your subject is shaded then they will come out dark becouse the camera is metering for the brighter background. You might try seting your camera in AV or TV mode and then set your camera to a single AF point. This will let you camera meter to just your subject and not the background. Youe could also try using a flash fill to balance out the light.

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