Nikon D40 - Flashing black on the light/white areas of inside & outside pics
I have a Nikon D40 and I am having trouble with parts of the pictures flashing black. It's usually on the white or bright areas. Doesn't matter if the picture was taken inside or outside. This did not start happening until last week. The lower right of the viewing screen is showing "highlighted". I must have accidently pushed a button or something for this to start happening and I can't get it to stop. It is effecting all my pictures now even the ones that are on the disc from Christmas. How do I get the flashing to stop.
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What you're seeing is blown-out highlights. These are areas of your picture where the bright stuff (highlights) have been so overexposed (blown-out) that all detail has been lost. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but usually is. The proper fix is to reduce exposure slightly. Lost details in the dark areas are usually considered more acceptable than lost details in the bright areas.
If you simply don't want to see the blinking black/white parts of your picture, simply press up/down on the multiselector to select a different view of your picture.
Short answer: Press up/down while viewing the picture to cycle through the different views of the picture.
Long answer: You're seeing "blown highlights." The blinking areas are places in the picture where you've overexposed and lost all detail. Those areas are blown out to pure white, without any shading whatsoever. That's not necessarily an error, especially if your subjects are inside the house and you don't really care what's outside. In other cases, you may want to reduce the exposure so as to bring up at least some of the details in the highlights. It's generally considered more acceptable to lose details in the shadows, losing things to pure black, than to lose details in the highlights, losing things to pure white.
As I said earlier, losing details in the highlights is not necessarily an error. The camera is merely warning you, pointing out a potential problem.
This allows you to see where your photo is over or under exposed. It helps you see if the exposure is set right.
You can turn it on and off by moving the Up/Down/Left/Right button up or down. This will move you thorough the image data (shutter speed, aperature, file format...etc.). It should show "Highlights" on the screen when you have this selected.
This is becasue those flashing areas are over exposed highlights. Reduce you exposure compensation a stop to capture those white areas. Increase your shutter speed or use a smaller aperture (f-stop) to let in less light. When you loose highlight detail in a digital image it is hard to reclaim back on a computer program.
If Alex's comment didn't resolve your problem, check for dust inside the camera body and on the part of the lens that goes into the camera body. The highlight indicator he speaks of will show on the LCD screen, but should not show up on your final picture once downloaded from the camera. Since the optics on that end of the lens are smaller, they are more susceptible to dust and dirt. If there is dirt or dust inside the camera body and you are not familiar with how to clean it, same yourself some headaches and take it to a qualified camera shop. You can seriously damage the interior optics of your camera by attempting to clean it the wrong way.
You CAN!!! shoot in b/w with a d40, the only thing is you can't shoot in auto mode it has to be manual , aperture priority, or shutter prioirity. Go into menu - shooting mode - optimize image. you'll find it in there.