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Photos washed out or completly dark

I have experimented with many various combinations of settings, but I can never get consistent shots. Even if I have it set to Auto, and take the same photo several times, each one is either completely washed out, or completely dark. My brother has a degree in photography, and even he can't figure it out!

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Sorry to say this sounds like a stuck shutter mechanism. Put the camera in any mode other than auto and make certain that you turn the flash OFF (you don't want to blind yourself in the following step). Next look down the center of the lens barrel and take a picture. You should see a tiny flicker (wonder where that website got that name?) in the center of the lens as the shutter opens and closes. If no movement is seen then it's likely stuck.

Some people have had success in unsticking Canon S2 IS shutters with the following procedures. It may or may not work for you:
http://www.fixya.com/support/t295396-canon_s2_black_screen

Posted on May 10, 2009

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