Question about Nikon D3000 Digital Camera

1 Answer

PICTURES ARE BLACK - Nikon D3000 Digital Camera

Posted by Anonymous on

Ad

1 Answer

David Payne

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Top Expert:

    An expert who has finished #1 on the weekly Top 10 Fixya Experts Leaderboard.

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

  • Nikon Master
  • 14,162 Answers

6 Ways To Fix Too Bright and Too Dark Photos

Recompose The Photo This is probably the simplest solution. When taking a photo of a scene with very bright and very dark parts, move your camera to eliminate one of the extremes. In the case of the band, I would have either closed the curtains for the shot, or recomposed completely and photographed from the window looking at the band, and the crowd behind.
Use Exposure Lock If you can't recompose the photograph, instead tell the camera what part of the image you would like to see. The rest of the photo will be either over or under exposed (too bright or too dark) but at least you will see your subject. You can dothis by placing the center of the image at your subject; half depressing the shutter to lock the focus and exposure; move the camera to re-compose the image; and fully depressing the shutter.
In the band image, the camera chose to correctly expose the scene outside, but even if the band member had been correctly exposed, the window would have ended up being over exposed and you would just have seen white.
Some cameras have an option called 'spot metering' to set the part of the image you'd like to be correctly exposed. If your camera has this setting, enable it before using the technique above.
Use Fill In Flash If your scene has a sunny background, but your subject is in the shade (or has a hat on), turn on the flash (as I explained way back in tip number 9 - Using Flash During The Day). I know it seems wrong but it really does work! By using the flash, your subject will look as bright as the background. This would have worked well for the child shot above.
High Dynamic Range Imaging This technique is not for the faintof hearted. It requires a subject that does not move; a good camera with the capability to set the exposure and output RAW images. A tripod and image editing software like Photoshop CS3 are also needed.
High Dynamic Range Imaging (or HDR for short) is a technique for placing both very dark and very light areas in the same photo. It requires you to take a number of photographs of thesame scene - each with a different exposure. First take the shot using the camera's recommended settings. Then, in manual mode and keeping the aperture at the same value as the first shot, take a sequence of shots - each shot having a different shutter speed (above and below the original). You'll have 5-9 shots of the same scene all in different exposures.
PICTURES ARE BLACK - hdrunder.jpghdrmean.jpg
Merging the three images to the left creates the HDR image below. Thanks to Photomatix forPICTURES ARE BLACK - hdrmerged.jpgbr> hdrmerged.jpgNow import these into your favorite paint program. I use Photoshop, but you can as easily use a cheaper program designed specifically for HDR photos like Photomatix. Follow the HDR directions and the paint program will merge these images into one great looking shot!
Use a Filter If your scene is of a brightsky and a dark ground (for instance at sunset, or on a cloudy day), you can use a graduated neutral density filter. This filter cuts out someof the light from one part of the photo (the sky). This will correctly expose the ground and the sky without needing to use HDR. These filterscan be complex to setup, so I don't usually recommend them for beginners.
Fix The OriginPICTURES ARE BLACK - twobright2.jpg Image Editing Program twobright2.jpgFinally, if you can't take another shot at the same location, you can fix the original image by changing the levels using a paint program. This works best when your subject is darker than the rest of the photo (because cameras lose detail in over-bright areas). I've brightened the band member in the top image using this technique and while it looks okay in thissmall shot, this technique can tend to amplify any noise in the image. The darker the subject, the harder time you will have fixing the image.
I discuss exactly how to use this technique in lesson 2 of my free Image Editing Secrets course. I have a tutorial for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro and the free Google Picassa.
- See more at: http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/tip/140/6-ways-to-fix-too-bright-and-too-dark-photos/#sthash.58eENOTt.dpuf

Posted on Dec 17, 2014

Ad

Add Your Answer

×

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

0helpful
1answer

T45 campark 14 Megapixel CMOS sensor, night pictures black

Pictures probably look black because there is no light at night. Camera need light to take photographs.
Sep 17, 2019 • Cameras
0helpful
1answer

Black screen, black pictures. Shutter is not

Call Nikon support, this camera may be covered by an extended special warranty for the ccd sensor problems which were made by Sony.
0helpful
1answer

When I take pictures, they are pitch black. The shutter is open, but the pictures are black. How can I fix this?

If the pictures from memory card is also black when you open in computer , I think you will need a new CCD
0helpful
1answer

Black screen, black pictures

Set to auto shooting mode, take pictures, if still get black pictures, you need to repalce the lens unit. CCD or shutter defected.
0helpful
1answer

My pictures are black i cant see anything when i try to take a picture

Your pictures will usually come out black if you're taking those against the light. Check the lighting or your flash (esp. when it's dark - flash is needed). You should know if your camera is for indoor or outdoor use.
0helpful
1answer

Pictures Are All Black

I just posted a similar question I have a olympus Fe-110. I can see old pictures through the view screen, but when change the setting to take a image its all black.

Thanks
0helpful
1answer

Taking black and white pictures

After checking out the owner's manual for that device I do not believe that this camera supports taking pictures in black and white. I believe that the only option you will have in this situation is editing the pictures once they have been transferred to the PC.

Sorry.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071105134544AAxrlIy
Nov 10, 2007 • Cameras
0helpful
1answer

Black pictures at night

Yes, I've got the exact smae problem as Buckfever. no eyes, no nothing, just dozens of solid black images.
2helpful
2answers

Black screen

whats up with blackscreen?
1helpful
1answer

Pictures are black

If you can display pictures in playback mode but screen is black in capture mode then the CCD sensor has stopped working and needs replacing.
Not finding what you are looking for?
Nikon D3000 Digital Camera Logo

110 views

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Nikon Cameras Experts

Ekse

Level 3 Expert

13435 Answers

Brad Brown

Level 3 Expert

18852 Answers

Steven Wander
Steven Wander

Level 3 Expert

596 Answers

Are you a Nikon Camera Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...