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  1. #1
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    Looking to troubleshoot....'image too dark'

    Tried to take firework pix on Saturday night and got a few, but missed so many......shutter was not responding! I know the 'image was too dark' - didn't need that message!...der, it was night time!! I had lowest ISO, 6 second or more exposure and was about f11..........SO....played around in the dark last night ....was my shutter speed too short....used bulb, fiddled with ISO up to 400, fstops from hero to zero and unless there was a small light source, ziltch. It must be me...what am I doing wrong - how do I get long exposures of say, fireworks or lightning, that begin after the exposure time? Is that where I'm adrift, expectations wrong? Not a shutter problem....on auto or in daylight (with some ND filters) all is fine. Getting quite exasperated!!

    Oh great wise ones, put me straight!

    Jenn


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    Re: Looking to troubleshoot....'image too dark'

    2 sec shutter speed @ f/2.8 with the D500 in Manual Mode leads to something like that:

    Looking to troubleshoot....'image too dark'-_dsc8602.jpg

    What mode did you use?
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  3. #3
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    Re: Looking to troubleshoot....'image too dark'

    Shut the door that's good!! I was in manual......I'm guessing the firework was very close to explosion ....my reflexes need a sharpen! Thank you.

  4. #4
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    Re: Looking to troubleshoot....'image too dark'

    Put the camera on a tripod and attach a remote release.
    Sit back and relax, enjoy the firework and push the release once in a while.
    It does take some time to get used to when it is opportune to take a picture but you'll get there eventually.
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    Re: Looking to troubleshoot....'image too dark'

    Jenn you say that the shutter did not seem to work. My first thought is; did you have the camera set to manual focus. A trick is to focus on the first firework shot using autofocus, and then lock the focus by setting the lens to manual focus. Then the lens will fire every time. I am assuming you used a tripod, wider lens and shutter release.
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    Re: Looking to troubleshoot....'image too dark'

    'All the gear, no idea' springs to mind...! Have tripod, shutter release cable that is a ***** to attach, but hey ho!! Will have to learn how many clicks from auto to manual cos I can't see in the dark or even reach to see...then fingers crossed!! Would like to add a picture but a) dunno how!! and b) picture has lost shooting info...I see all the images here are well labelled. May add it as my avatar...think I could do that! Thanks!

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    Re: Looking to troubleshoot....'image too dark'

    Don usually supplies this

    Guidelines to adding a photo to your post.

    1. Resize photo to 1000px on the long side.
    2. Resolution set to 72ppi (Pixels Per Inch)

    These guidelines will be good for viewing on a computer but will not be good for printing. This will help safeguard your copyright.

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    Re: Looking to troubleshoot....'image too dark'

    Looking to troubleshoot....'image too dark'
    Thank you Marilynne.......do you mean like this: Looking to troubleshoot....'image too dark'-tw-fair-14.10.17-_20171017121740835.jpg


    Yes!!!! Still lost composition info tho...........
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    Re: Looking to troubleshoot....'image too dark'

    Quote Originally Posted by Jenn View Post
    Have tripod, shutter release cable that is a ***** to attach, but hey ho!!
    You have the d3300? Look into a ML-L3 infrared remote. The Chinese knock-offs can be bought for next to nothing. Setting shutter to Bulb with remote active will actually put you in Time mode which is one press to open and another press to close. The downside is this mode runs your battery down quicker while its active and the mode expires if not used for a time (set up to 15 minutes). Just snap a picture every 10 minutes or so to keep the mode active.

    If there is significant light behind you, don't forget to cover the viewfinder, it will get in and mess up your shots.
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    I must have a really good camera.

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    Re: Looking to troubleshoot....'image too dark'

    Quote Originally Posted by Jenn View Post
    Thank you Marilynne.......do you mean like this: Looking to troubleshoot....'image too dark'-tw-fair-14.10.17-_20171017121740835.jpg


    Yes!!!! Still lost composition info tho...........
    Some times the EXIF gets stripped after processing. What are you using to process your shots?





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