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    Who can help me with the following problem?

    I have nade photos at Dusseldorf while it was very sunny. Nevertheless my pictures are very dark. What do I wrong?

    Here are two examples of the photos:







    Paul Stam

    [img]file:///D:/DOCUME%7E1/Paul/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot.jpg[/img][img]file:///D:/DOCUME%7E1/Paul/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot-1.jpg[/img]

  • #2
    Without looking at your exif data, i'd say that the camera has metered on the very bright white body, set the exposure for that and has averaged it out over the entire photo, or you could just be underexposing too much.
    Last edited by B7772ADL; 2007-08-08, 09:05.

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    • #3
      It would make it easier to help, if we knew the settings. Please post a photo with the EXIF infos.
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      • #4
        Thanks for your reactions.
        Here is the photo of the B757 with EXIF info.



        File: - D:\Documents and Settings\Paul\Mijn documenten\Mijn afbeeldingen\Dusseldorf 1-8-2007\Dusseldorf 089.jpg

        ImageDescription - SONY DSC
        Make - SONY
        Model - DSLR-A100
        Orientation - Top left
        XResolution - 72
        YResolution - 72
        ResolutionUnit - Inch
        Software - DSLR-A100 v1.04
        DateTime - 2007:08:01 10:49:55
        YCbCrPositioning - Centered
        ExifOffset - 390
        ExposureTime - 1/640 seconds
        FNumber - 9.00
        ExposureProgram - Aperture priority
        ISOSpeedRatings - 100
        ExifVersion - 221
        DateTimeOriginal - 2007:08:01 10:49:55
        DateTimeDigitized - 2007:08:01 10:49:55
        ComponentsConfiguration - YCbCr
        CompressedBitsPerPixel - 8 (bits/pixel)
        BrightnessValue - 10.50
        ExposureBiasValue - -0.30
        MaxApertureValue - F 4.99
        MeteringMode - Multi-segment
        LightSource - Auto
        Flash - Not fired, compulsory flash mode
        FocalLength - 160.00 mm
        UserComment - SONY DSC
        FlashPixVersion - 010
        ColorSpace - sRGB
        ExifImageWidth - 3872
        ExifImageHeight - 2592
        InteroperabilityOffset - 25212
        FileSource - Other
        SceneType - Other
        CustomRendered - Normal process
        ExposureMode - Auto
        WhiteBalance - Auto
        DigitalZoomRatio - 0 x
        FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 240 mm
        SceneCaptureType - Standard
        GainControl - None
        Contrast - Normal
        Saturation - Normal
        Sharpness - Hard

        Paul Stam

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        • #5
          It is typical for DUS, you are using Multi-segment metereing (which I believe is using the whole frame to meter), in your case it seems to try to avoid overexposing the fuselage and you put in -0,3ev, so it comes out dark. Especially for DUS I can only recommend to use center weighted metering. Most Canon users I know suffer from serious iverexposure when using their area mode, my D100 jumped all over the place.
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          • #6
            If your camera has a histogram feature, use it regularely to check the exposure. If not, an exposure meter will help.

            F9 @ 1/640 seems rather at the low end even for a sunny day. The bright fuselage as well as the large greyish sky are plaing fools with the in-camera metering.

            In all my times, I have always been using exp. comp. by +1/3 up to +2/3, even now with my EOS 20D.

            What your camera did was to et an exposure, which doesn't result in too much overexposed areas. In my opinion, these photos are easy to fix.

            Another trick BTW is bracketing. I use this all the way.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by LX-A343
              .........Another trick BTW is bracketing. I use this all the way.


              Glad to see someone else uses this, I often get looks of dismay in my direction when my camera is clicking away due to bracketing, and before the purists go on about how I should be able determine the correct exposure settings without the need to bracket, I'd rather get a shot I can work with when I get home, admittedly it would be great to correctly expose my pics everytime but given the amount of times the light changes just as you are about to take your shot bracketing is my safety net

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              • #8
                before the purists go on about how I should be able determine the correct exposure settings without the need to bracket
                . Ask them about the additional costs of two more photos ..... which can be deleted in no-time.
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                • #9
                  Thank you for your advice. Next time I use bracketing.

                  Paul Stam

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                  • #10
                    Today I made the following photo by using bracketing:








                    The following EXIF belongs to the first photo:


                    ImageDescription - SONY DSC
                    Make - SONY
                    Model - DSLR-A100
                    Orientation - Top left
                    XResolution - 72
                    YResolution - 72
                    ResolutionUnit - Inch
                    Software - DSLR-A100 v1.04
                    DateTime - 2007:08:12 10:04:05
                    YCbCrPositioning - Centered
                    ExifOffset - 390
                    ExposureTime - 1/800 seconds
                    FNumber - 7.10
                    ExposureProgram - Aperture priority
                    ISOSpeedRatings - 100
                    ExifVersion - 221
                    DateTimeOriginal - 2007:08:12 10:04:05
                    DateTimeDigitized - 2007:08:12 10:04:05
                    ComponentsConfiguration - YCbCr
                    CompressedBitsPerPixel - 8 (bits/pixel)
                    BrightnessValue - 10.37
                    ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
                    MaxApertureValue - F 4.50
                    MeteringMode - Multi-segment
                    LightSource - Daylight
                    Flash - Not fired, compulsory flash mode
                    FocalLength - 75.00 mm
                    UserComment - SONY DSC
                    FlashPixVersion - 010
                    ColorSpace - sRGB
                    ExifImageWidth - 3872
                    ExifImageHeight - 2592
                    InteroperabilityOffset - 25212
                    FileSource - Other
                    SceneType - Other
                    CustomRendered - Normal process
                    ExposureMode - Auto bracket
                    WhiteBalance - Manual
                    DigitalZoomRatio - 0 x
                    FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 112 mm
                    SceneCaptureType - Standard
                    GainControl - None
                    Contrast - Normal
                    Saturation - Normal
                    Sharpness - Hard

                    I myself find the photos too dark. What can I do to change that for the better?

                    Paul Stam

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                    • #11
                      There are no photos?

                      So here is the photo belonging to the EXIF:



                      Paul Stam

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