Why Camera? Why? – Part 2


I did everything correct, still I’m getting a bad image.

I need a new Camera


Continuing with the last blog on ‘Why Camera Why’, suppose you get an image that is too bright (over-exposed).

What could the possible reasons be? What should you look out for? Does the camera give you any indication that the image will be too bright? 

It is easier to know why an image has gone wrong if you know what to look out for. So in cases where the image goes much brighter than what you expected, there are the following typical conditions that you need to watch out for.

  1. Shutter Limit – Is your shutter speed blinking at 1/4000 or 1/8000? These are the upper limits of the shutter speed and if it is blinking at that speed, it generally means that the camera is telling you that I am getting too much light and will overexpose the image. This will happen when you are in Aperture Priority mode because thats when the camera controls the shutter and you control the Aperture.   In some cameras this is also shown as a blinking ‘Subject too bright’                     
  2. Aperture Limit – is your aperture blinking at values similar to f/32 f/29? The camera is trying to reduce the size of the aperture as much as possible but still getting too much light in. It has reached its limits and is now telling you that it will result in an overexposed image. Again a typical case of overexposure. This will happen when you are in Shutter priority mode when you are controlling the shutter and the camera controls the aperture.    In some cameras this is also shown as a blinking ‘Subject too bright’     
  3. Check your Exposure Compensation dial – A very common pitfall for those who use Exposure Compensation very rarely. You set it, and forget it. Thats a mistake that will cost you a lot in this case. Make sure the Exp. Compensation dial/value is where you want it to be.
  4.  Bad Metering – Check if your camera has got the metering correct. For e.g. if your subject is tiny in the frame and extremely differently lit than the surrounding, you would probably want to go to spot metering and work from there. Well thats not the only way and time to choose the metering but it is a start for such extreme cases. Here is a typical example of bad metering.


If you have a problem of the shutter/aperture blinking, lower the ISO till they stop blinking and then check.  If it is a problem of metering, you could choose a different metering mode but more about these modes in a later post



Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on Tumblr

One Comment

  1. rahul umbrajkar September 24, 2016 at 2:08 am #

    Thanks a lot for such an important tips

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *