I am not getting a good image. I did everything right
A common complaint by a lot of people who have just procured their SLRs
So you have picked up your camera from the shop and are wondering what the hell am I supposed to do with this piece now. Well, firstly I think you should sit down with someone who knows a thing or two about it and get a basic idea about the tool in your hand. Better still, join a Basics of Photography course to get to know about your camera.
Having said that, even after you’ve done both of the above, you need to keep on practicing continuously to really get tuned with your camera.
The goal of this series is to be able to tell why your camera is behaving the way it is behaving. Take a look at the following image:
If you notice, the image-2 is much darker than what it should have been or much darker than what you expected.
There are only 3 conditions under which the image can go so much darker than what you wanted
Condition 1 : You have accidentally dialled in a big negatve exposure compensation
Condition 2 : You are using spot metering and have a very very bright spot in the centre of the frame (Canon) or a very very bright spot wherever your focus point lies (Nikon) whereas the rest of the scene is much darker in comparison
Condition 3 : Either your shutter or aperture have reached their limits and still there is not enough light falling on the sensor. In such a case, the camera tells you by blinking the culprit value.
- The Aperture might be blinking at say f/4 (assuming its a f/4 lens), telling you that it can’t be opened up larger even though it should, meaning that there isn’t enough light coming in thus leading to a darker image than desired
- The shutter speed is at 30 sec and is blinking, again the cameras way of telling that I want more light but it isn’t possible to go slower on the speed either.
Lets take the first point. A blinking aperture – There are two ways to rectify this –
- Lower down the shutter speed till the aperture stops blinking OR
- Increase the ISO till the aperture stops blinking
Similarly, a blinking shutter can be rectified by
- Widen the aperture till the shutter stops blinking (it is now achieving enough light)
- Increase the ISO till the shutter stops blinking
Please feel free to share this with your friends.
I will be sharing a few more of these ‘Why Camera…’ series so watch-out for them as well