Downloaded pix from Rebel XT turn out really dark on my PC
My Rebel XT is new and I am using a Speedlite 580EXII flash. After talking an indoor picture with my flash, fully automatic setting, the picture looks great on the camera's display. However, when I download it onto my computer each image is very dark and I have to correct the brightness with my computers software. The pictures are as dark as if I was not using any flash at all. Any suggestions?
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Re: Downloaded pix from Rebel XT turn out really dark on...
This is a very nice camera, it would not be good not to use it, because of a silly problem such as this.
The first thing to remember, is that the camera has a very bright light to look through the photos to prevent glare and other problems.
Look at the histogram when you shoot, may need to compensate the exposure, make sure it isnt set to something by factory default.
Another factor to consider with fluorescent lights is that they 'flicker' 60 times a second rather than being on continuously like an incandescent bulb. This isn't obvious to the naked eye but if your shutter speed is less than 1/60 it can, and will, affect your exposure.
One of your problems is that you expect the result out of the camera to be perfect.With most digitals, and with this camera you might have to do the tweaking yourself, the odd time. Personally most of my shots come out a bit on the dark side becuase I know that is better than being over exposed and I tweak in my editing programs.
I hope I've sheaded some light on your problem, and if your problem persists I'll mess around with mine to ee if I can help you a bit more.
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What camera model are you using? Try this: 1. How flash on camera.2. How USB cable to camera to Window PC.3. Run my software (EOS Utility)4. Click on Camera Settings/Remote Shooting5. Click on flash menu. Any questions? email@example.com
I believe you are referring to the pre flash for the ETTL function. both flashes happen so so fast that it looks like one flash. If your pictures seem dark make sure your flash is set to ETTL (press the MODE button unlit ETTL is displayed) this way the flash output is automatic. If it is still too dark you can change the flash output by adjusting the FEL (flash exposure composition) by pressing the button in the center of the dial until +/- is displayed the turn the wheel to select a + exposure (you can adjust this in 1/3 stop increments) then press the center button again. This can be found on pg 14 of the manual
Hope this helps.
A 5 error is the camera thinks the flash is not raising. Look near the hinge for a small button and see if it is up or down. This lets the camera know is the flash is up or down and if the button is stuck down you will hear the motor fire a few times and it will then error. Unfortunately, this is one of the problems that starts to appear on cameras with pop-up flashes. You can hit the button and pull it up at the same time. Only other option is to send it to Canon to get it repaired. or, Get an Speedlite like the 430EXII or 580EXII. The flash unit may make your camera bigger, but the results will be much better once you learn flash techniques.
In auto mode, the flash works only if it is necessary. You are saying that the flsah doesn't work in auto mode, and I assume that in other modes it's working properly. That means there is nothing wrong with the flash. So don't worry about the flash, it will fire in necessary, in full auto mode.
I am having the exact same problem, but i just realized that this flash probably is not compatible with my newer canon digital rebel XT... are you using it with this camera or is this the same setup you've used before with success?
This could be many things. If indoors, use higher iso setting and/or use the flash. Make sure exposure compensation is set to 0, or raise it. Use one of the automatic programs and let camera pick shutter speed and aperture. In manual mode, pay attention to exposure value in viewfinder, and avoid using higher apertures unless outdoors in bright sun (f16, f22, etc) the higher this number the less light is allowed to camera.
According to the Canon feature chart I have here; the 540EZ Speedlite flash is not compatible with the Digital Rebel XT in ETTL mode. The 480EG is also not compatible. The 550 or any of the others in that product line are would work.
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