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What does set shutterspeed aperture mean?

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The "aperture" is the hole inside the lens that controls how much light passes through. The bigger the hole, the more light passes through. Make the hole smaller and less light gets through.

Proper exposure depends on controlling the amount of light getting through the lens to the film or digital sensor. You control it by opening or closing the aperture and setting the shutter to determine how long the light gets through.

Setting the aperture simply means setting the size of this hole to some value.

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Kodak Easyshare Z5010 takes black pictures only when in manual mode. I reset the settings but it still takes black pictures.

Check the settings that influence the exposure when your camera is in manual mode. There are three variables that you can adjust to change the exposure: ISO sensitivity, aperture (diaphragm) and shuttertime. When for instance the ISO is set to 100, aperture to F16 and shutterspeed to 1/1000 you will need a huge amount of light to get anything else than black pictures.
In a normal daylight situation you should get some results when using approximately the following settings: ISO100, F5.6 and 1/60 shutterspeed. Adjust these settings depending the light conditions and the results you get.

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Why does my brand new Canon 6D freeze when shooting in RAW

The question in the title and the first sentence imply to me that you have confused manual mode and RAW format.

Title: "Why does my brand new Canon 6D freeze when shooting in RAWD freeze when shooting in RAW"

First sentence: "My brand new Canon 6D freezes when I try to shoot in manual."

Manual mode means you are responsible for all of the settings related to exposure (aperture, ISO, and shutterspeed). RAW is a specific file format to save the photo. They are independent of each other.

My guess is that in manual mode you have the shutterspeed set to the maximum of 30 seconds. The camera isn't going to automatically adjust it for you in manual mode. If you're new to DSLRs, start with Ae (Aperture priority) or Tv (Shutter priority). In Ae mode, you control the aperture and the camera will select the shutterspeed. In Tv mode, you select the shutterspeed and the camera selects the aperture for you. Start off with Auto ISO. This will help you learn what combinations of settings work well together.

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What does the flashing message "fEE" on the display of my D70s mean?

It means that you have a lens with an aperture ring connected and the aperture ring is not set at its smallest aperture.

Turn the aperture ring on the lens to its smallest setting (largest f/number) and lock it if the ring has a lock. Control the aperture from the body, just as you do with a lens without an aperture ring.

Nov 27, 2010 | Nikon D70s Digital Camera

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How do I make my shutter speed faster?

Shutterspeed depends on 3 things: the amount of available light, the aperture (lens opening) and the ISO setting.
Every full step you can open the aperture (like from F8 to F5,6) will half the shutterspeed. And every time you double the ISO, the shutterspeed will half. Raising the ISO will increase the noise in the picture.
Mode P, S, A and M will allow you to make these settings manually. If you use the N mode, the camera will do most of these things by itselves.

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Where do I go to get simple manual focus instructions for my fujifilm s1500? I am trying to work my way throughusing fstop and Iso and shutter speed, but I am not sure which numbers refer to what when I...

The numbers in the left side of the screen is shutterspeed and aperture number.
125 means the shutterspeed is 1/125 sek.
F is the aperturenumber. The higher F number, the smaller aperture opening, the higher depth-of-field.
You can see these number in S, A and M mode.
S is shutter priority: You choose the shutter speed and the camera chooses the correct aperture (within limits)
A is aperture priority: You choose the aperture and the camera chooses the correct aperture (still within limits)
M is manual mode: You have to choose both aperture and shutterspeed. The ruler is an indicator, that tells you when the exposure is correct. The pointer should be in the middle of the ruler.

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When the camera is on sport mode all pictures are blurry

This rather odd as the "Sport" mode should cause the camera to use faster shutterspeeds in order to stop your subject from blurring.

I can think of two issues here: First, in order to get faster shutterspeeds the camera uses a larger lens open to let more light reach the sensor. This results in less depth of field and makes accurate focus even more important. It also may be that the "Sport" mode defaults to "Continuous" focus which will allow the camera to fire before the subject is in focus.

The other problem could be that you are using a low ISO setting which results in slow shutterspeeds. If you are shooting outdoors try setting the ISO to 400. Indoors, you will need to go to 800 or even higher.

The one that I really must stress is that you should read the manual. There is always some information on how each mode works and how each should be used.

If all else fails: Switch to A, "Aperture" mode and set the camera to use the lowest number f-stop (displayed as "Fn.n" on the camera's top LCD. This may work better for you in any case.

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How can i slow the shutter speed on my Nikon Coolpix L100

technically you cant, the l100 is an all automatic camera, meaning you cant manually set the ISO, aperture, or shutter speed... a good way to slow the shutterspeed would be to autofocus on something similar but darker, then keep that focus for the origonal shot...

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Completely dark photo, only showing top 1/4 of pic, remaining 3/4 is dark, this only happened after I cleaned the mirror, which has been done many times before and had no problems in doing so, please

Hi there,
there is no problem with your cam for sure. you must have changed the setting of the cam adjust the shutterspeed and the aparture. and your problem will be solved... or dont keep the cam on manual mode.. keep it on automatic settings and it should work. also check out this link to learn more about how to use aparture and shutterspeed.....

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What does it mean when FEE is in the view finder

FEE means that your lens is not set to the smallest aperture setting. If you are using your camera's auto-focus mode, the lens must be set to the smallest aperture setting which, on your lens, is probably f22 (the smallest aperture is the largest number). Once you set the lens aperture, you should slide the aperture lock to the locked position. The aperture lock is located just right of your largest setting f3.5. This slider should line up with the orange line. To verify that the latch is engaged, try to change the aperture by rotating the aperture ring. In the locked position, the ring will not turn.

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S4 No Multiple Focus?

Acceptable focus depends on many things and an appreciation of aperture, lens, distance and shutterspeed is needed before understanding the finer points of 'depth of field' (what will and wont be in focus). Like all cameras, an auto focus camera cannot make everything sharp, it has to focus on one thing, usually in the middle, and the rest of the picture either falls in or out of focus, depending on the combination of the above points. For example, if you shoot on a wide-angle lens with a small aperture, say anything above f8, you should have everything you want in focus. In contrast, on a longer telephoto lens with a wide aperture (more light being allowed to hit the film or chip or whatever) the resulting picture will be sharp within only a few inches of the focus point. This can be really nice if you are shooting single portraits in bright light as the background will become extremely blurry and colourful. I am presuming that the shots you are concerned with had the camera settings set to wide aperture priority, possibly because it was dull or you had a 'sport mode' selected where fast shutterspeed is needed to catch rapid movement thus a wide aperture is needed to compensate and so shallow depth of field results. I don't know the camera you are using or whether you will understand any of the above. If you need a greater explanation of what is essentially a science, please let me know.

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