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Dark photos I am a new Nikon user and have the D80. This is way more camera than I will ever need. I can not take pictures without them being dark not even in the auto mode. This is inside or outside I have two lenses and have switched them and it's still dark. I was able to change the exposer to get them lighter but would think you could take pictures in auto that would be fine.

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  • statementboa Mar 14, 2009

    I am just a little confused! If the camera is in green auto you are not able to change the EV and I'm not sure how to check the internal meter. My lens does not have M/A or M.

  • statementboa Mar 16, 2009

    I have read the manual and tried searching for internal meter through the index and can not find anything on internal metering. I will give it another shot. Thanks you have been alot of help.

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  • Be sure camera is set to the Green auto, not the A (A= aperture priority)
  • Be sure your white balance is on auto.
  • Be sure your EV is set to 0
  • Be sure your lens is on M/A, not M
  • Check the internal meter. See if it is showing a middle of the graph reading when the camera is on auto. If it is and you still get dark pix, might be time for Nikon repair.

Posted on Mar 14, 2009

  • Jeff Marcus Mar 14, 2009

    Your meter is the most important thing to understand to get a decent exposure. A picture is all about light. The meter measures that light. I suggest reading the manual on at least this section. After that, see if the meter is registering a proper exposure. Then, if your photos are still dark, it's back to the dealer or Nikon.

  • Jeff Marcus Mar 16, 2009

    Looking through your view finder you should see a light/exposure meter. Try taking it off automatic and see if that causes the meter to appear. Too far to the left of center is dark and too far from the right is too light. The adjustments are done through your aperture setting, shutter speed and ISO. Depending on what type of photo you want, I would use either aperture or shutter speed priority. Keep your ISO as low as possible and crank that up if you don't have enough available light for a decent exposure (light/exposure meter). These three items make up the exposure triangle. Changing one causes the cam,era (or you in manual mode) to adjust for the other. For most photography of non-sports related or indoor shots, aperture priority works really well. You set the aperture for the depth of field desired and the camera adjusts the shutter speed for you.



    I can also be reached at marcusphotography@gmail.com



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