1) Using my Canob Rebel XT on Auto and taking outdoor pictures on a sunny day all pictures are dark. Switching to Manual and changing ISO to 100 gives me great pictures. Why won't the camera work outdoors on auto? Is it software issue?
2)Taking indoor pictures on auto mode sometinmes flash does not go off. THis happens if especially bright light from outside enters the room. I have attempted to just try to use the manual flash but it does not always work. Is there a trick to uing the manual flash?
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Re: CANON Rebel RTI Outdoor pictures are dark
Learning to use light metering correctly can have its challenge. the manual will guide you on how to set up to read light from the subject. spot metering a dark area will cause general overexposure, or a washed out look. spot metering a bright area will cause a dark image. if you are on spot meter and shoot two people standing together against a bright lit background, your meter will see between them if they are centered, and read all that bright background, setting the camera to a less sensitive combination of aperture / shutter speed, resulting in a dark image. use field averaging meter setting and be sure you are metering the subject and not the background. try shooting a wall that is fairly clear of other colors and uniform it light hitting it, you should have a correctly exposed image. since it works in other modes (at least 1, anyway) then it is unlikely you have an exposure compensation issue. that is the only other non defect issue that would cause your problem. once you confirm that you have these settings correct and still get a dark image, its time to have it serviced. good luck mark
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1. The viewfinder's diopter is probably out of focus (doesn't affect Auto Focus of photos). There's a dial and a +/- symbol next to the viewfinder. Turn the dial till you can see clearly through it. Alternative reason: The glass in the viewfinder is dirty/foggy. Use camera cleaning solution (a drop) on a cotton bud to clean it.
2. Malfunction needs Canon Service Centre to take a look at.
Canon EOS Rebel XT / 350D does not offer Liveview shooting option which newer cameras offer. It does not have contrast based auto focus system like the ones you see on point and shoot cameras either. LCD is used to review pictures taken or navigate through the menu system. Besides, LCD on the back of the camera is so small and lack the details anyway. You are better off using the small viewfinder it offers.
First, to test be sure you are in Automatic mode. The dial should be on the Green Box setting. If its on other settings its in manual mode and can be set wrong. take a test picture in this mode, If its looking normal, then you were either int he wrong mode or your manual settings were off. But if they are still dark try your ISO settings, if too low a number it will result in dark images. For example ISO 100 is perfect for outdoor daylight, but ISO 400 is better indoors.
Next try the F stop settings and arppreture. If things improve, you have found the issue. This camera is professional grade so it will do exactly what its set to do even if the outcome is not what you want!
Whe all else fails use the menu and reset the camera to factory defaults.
Switching off the camera from the main ON/OFF swit5ch should close the shutter. If it doesn;t, try removing the battery or the CF card. It is possible to manually increase the shutter speed even in bright sunny conditions.
If you are in full auto the camera is going to meter to the brightest point. If your subject is in the sun you should be ok but if your subject is shaded then they will come out dark becouse the camera is metering for the brighter background. You might try seting your camera in AV or TV mode and then set your camera to a single AF point. This will let you camera meter to just your subject and not the background. Youe could also try using a flash fill to balance out the light.