When taking a photograph with the flash it comes out dark although the flash has gone off and when looking through the view finder it is quite bright is their something switched off I have misplaced the instuction book in a recent move
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Re: PROBLEM WITH PHOTO IT IS DARK WHEN USING FLASH
Digital cameras step down the aperature when you have the flash on in anticipation of the flash brightening the surroundings. WHat they don't advertise is that the built in flashes with the new compact digitals are only effective out to about 6 feet. If you are taking pictures at concerts or sunsets do not use the flash. If you are taking pictures of people close up make sure that you have set your scene/mode dial or menu to the appropriate setting. If you provide tha make and model of your digital ca,era I can likely link you to a copy of your owners manual. You can also increase your ISO setting (higher number) to increase the sensitivity of your camera in low light settings.
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Unfortunately, most auto-focus systems require some light to focus with. My cameras have a "focus assist" light that throws a grid of lines out so it can focus. My wife typically covers this light with her hands, and so can't get it to focus in the dark. Check for that.
Recompose The Photo
This is probably the simplest solution. When taking a photo of a scene with very bright and very dark parts, move your camera to eliminate one of the extremes. In the case of the band, I would have either closed the curtains for the shot, or recomposed completely and photographed from the window looking at the band, and the crowd behind.
Use Exposure Lock
If you can't recompose the photograph, instead tell the camera what part of the image you would like to see. The rest of the photo will be either over or under exposed (too bright or too dark) but at least you will see your subject. You can dothis by placing the center of the image at your subject; half depressing the shutter to lock the focus and exposure; move the camera to re-compose the image; and fully depressing the shutter.
In the band image, the camera chose to correctly expose the scene outside, but even if the band member had been correctly exposed, the window would have ended up being over exposed and you would just have seen white.
Some cameras have an option called 'spot metering' to set the part of the image you'd like to be correctly exposed. If your camera has this setting, enable it before using the technique above.
Use Fill In Flash
If your scene has a sunny background, but your subject is in the shade (or has a hat on), turn on the flash (as I explained way back in tip number 9 - Using Flash During The Day). I know it seems wrong but it really does work! By using the flash, your subject will look as bright as the background. This would have worked well for the child shot above.
High Dynamic Range Imaging
This technique is not for the faintof hearted. It requires a subject that does not move; a good camera with the capability to set the exposure and output RAW images. A tripod and image editing software like Photoshop CS3 are also needed.
High Dynamic Range Imaging (or HDR for short) is a technique for placing both very dark and very light areas in the same photo. It requires you to take a number of photographs of thesame scene - each with a different exposure. First take the shot using the camera's recommended settings. Then, in manual mode and keeping the aperture at the same value as the first shot, take a sequence of shots - each shot having a different shutter speed (above and below the original). You'll have 5-9 shots of the same scene all in different exposures.
Merging the three images to the left creates the HDR image below. Thanks to Photomatix for the images.
Now import these into your favorite paint program. I use Photoshop, but you can as easily use a cheaper program designed specifically for HDR photos like Photomatix. Follow the HDR directions and the paint program will merge these images into one great looking shot!
Use a Filter
If your scene is of a brightsky and a dark ground (for instance at sunset, or on a cloudy day), you can use a graduated neutral density filter. This filter cuts out someof the light from one part of the photo (the sky). This will correctly expose the ground and the sky without needing to use HDR. These filterscan be complex to setup, so I don't usually recommend them for beginners.
Fix The Original Photo in an Image Editing Program
Finally, if you can't take another shot at the same location, you can fix the original image by changing the levels using a paint program. This works best when your subject is darker than the rest of the photo (because cameras lose detail in over-bright areas). I've brightened the band member in the top image using this technique and while it looks okay in thissmall shot, this technique can tend to amplify any noise in the image. The darker the subject, the harder time you will have fixing the image.
I discuss exactly how to use this technique in lesson 2 of my free Image Editing Secrets course. I have a tutorial for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro and the free Google Picassa.
- See more at: http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/tip/140/6-ways-to-fix-too-bright-and-too-dark-photos/#sthash.58eENOTt.dpuf
Hi, Check your setting for when you take photo's inside or outside. In dark areas the flash should come on. Check and /or replace batteries. Good luck.
Take a picture in a dark room and see if flash comes on.
Unfortunately tripod will not help you with freezing movement. You need to use higher ISO setting or flash light. I know they degrade image quality (each in its own way) but I can give you a small tip how to use flash. Reflected light is softer and has more natural look on pictures. Try to use a small mirror to direct your flash light to a ceiling or wall. Also read about exposure correction in your camera in user manual (as pictures taking this way might be a bit dark).
This is a digital camcorder, and not a digital camera (Hitachi DZ-HV 575E).
Although it can take still pictures, its primary focus is on taking video.
Most camcorders today do not include a built-in high-intensity light. If you need to take video in dark conditions, then you'll need to buy a separate light source designed for video production.
That same light source should work for your still images as well.
When you look at your pictures are they dark, murky and hard to see? If you took pictures at a wedding, dance recital, theater performance or any indoor event and they came out dark, read on to learn why your pictures are dark, and how to fix this common camera problem.
Many people take pictures of indoor events, only to be unsatisfied with the final outcome of their photos. Although you may have bought the top of the line film or digital camera, there are a few limitations that you need to know about.
To correctly expose your pictures, you camera needs a lot of light. The compact point and shoot varieties adjust for this when you're outside during the daytime, and usually your pictures turn out fine, right? Well, then how come when you take indoor pictures, they sometimes come out too dark? There are two culprits; your zoom function and your flash.
Most compact cameras today offer a zoom function. When I used to work in retail photography sales, the first feature that consumers would ask for is zoom. People love to get close-up pictures without using their feet. Although zoom does bring your subject matter in closer, it also decreases the amount of light that can get into your camera. Essentially, the more you zoom, the less light your camera can receive, and your pictures will be darker.
So, if your taking pictures indoors, in a dark church, gym or other window-less room it is very difficult for your camera to get enough light to properly expose your pictures.
This is when most photographers decide to turn on their flash. The flash on your camera is a great tool to illuminate dark situations that are in close proximity to the camera. Most built-in flash units are designed to allow the light to travel 8-10 feet away in poor quality light and up to 15-20 feet in brighter situations.
What most camera users fail to realize is that although your zoom function is visually bringing you closer to the action, you flash cannot reach that far to illuminate the subject, and your pictures will be dark.
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I guess you are using the automatic mode ( not the "P" mode).
You should enable flash only when there is insuffient light.
If you use flash in broad day light, your pic will be whited out.
If you dont use flash in dark or low light, your pic will be dark or very dark.
So, when it comes of dark, try enabling the flash.
If its still dark, increase the flash compensation (the eV value).
If its still dark, increase the ISO number.
Hope these help.
Upon startup lens emerges but when screen appears it is white whereas it normally displays whatever the lens sees.When the shutter button is pressed the camera will focus and take a white picture which can be deleted.The camera does not flash although flash is set to automatic and photo taken in a dark room.Camera flashes (weakly) with flash set to manual on.Lens is unobstructed and appears to be perfectly normal.Camera was not dropped.Batteries have been changed.