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Dark pictures using flash

I have a Canon XTi dslr camera. My pictures are dark when using both the built in flash or my 420EX speedlite. I shoot mostly in full auto or one of the basic zone settings. Even the histogram is heavy to the left side. My distance is seldom over 12 ft. What am I doing wrong?

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    I have a Tamron 18-270mm 1:3.5-6.3 vc telephoto lens. The pictures are being taken inside.

  • John LeFebvre May 11, 2010

    What lens are you using, and are you taking pictures inside or outside?

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You could try increasing the exposure level (press AV+/- while rotating the selector wheel to the right) but this will increase the time the shutter is open and increase the possibility of picture blur. Only other thing to do when shooting indoors is to change to a high ISO - 1600 for instance. This reduces the time the shutter is open so working together with the first suggestion you may not notice any difference!

If still too dark, you need a faster lens - you can pickup a 50mm f/1.8 lens quite cheap - this is an excellent indoor lens as the low F number means it lets in lots of light. The fixed focal length means you will have to move around to frame the shot, but they are indispensible for indoor work and a lot cheaper than a f2.8 zoom.

Posted on Feb 09, 2009

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