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Dark exposures why do i constantly get dark exposures?

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  • LWoo May 28, 2008

    I really believe there IS something wrong with my camera. I know how to set the exposure and speed. I have tried all the settings, from AUTO to AV and tested in all sort of lights. I pay attention to the camera's readings before I shoot a picture and I make sure it reads a proper exposure.

    Yet, I can take a picture outdoors with the bright sun shining on the subject, with the camera set at f1.8 and ISO 100 and when the picture is taken I look in the viewfinder and looks like a great picture, but once I downloaded and view it in the computer it is DARK, and I mean very very underexposed! It makes no sense at all. I am trying to shoot as wide open as possible and trying to purposely overexpose a picture, and it will still be underexposed!

    I do not believe any setting on my camera to be the problem (in case y'all are thinking of the exposure compensation, that is at 0) but maybe I'm missing something.

    Could something in the camera be broken? maybe something in the light meter sensor?

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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.

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