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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 7:34 pm 
Iam new to the D40, its my first DSLR and i am still getting used to it, when i take indoor or sometimes outdoor pictures on the Shutter priority mode it is kind of dark even with flash i tried the Exposure comp. but still dark, the second question is how do i take night pictures what ISO setting do i put it on and what shutter speed? :D :D


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:20 am 
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Hi Kriss22, welcome to the Cameralabs forums!

If you're new to DSLR photography, I recommend leaving the camera set to Program mode for most of the time. In fact that's what I leave mine set at for 99% of my shots.

When you use shutter priority, you choose a shutter speed and the camera selects an aperture to match. But if it's too dark, then there may not be an aperture available to match - and that's probably why your photos are coming out too dark. So the only thing you can do is reduce the shutter speed and or increase the ISO - try 400 or maybe 800, or if it's really dim, 1600 ISO. It may still be too dark though.

If you're taking photos at night, try setting the ISO to 400 or 800 ISO and leave the mode at Program - the camera will work out the shutter speed and aperture for you. If the picture is blurred, just increase the ISO. It's a good starting point anyway!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 9:40 pm 
Thanks Gordan, i'll take your advice and i'll try taking pictures at night.


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Hi Kriss, just another thought:

If you want an easy way of finding out the quickest shutter speed you can use for a 'normal' exposure, just put your camera to Aperture Priority mode (A on a Nikon body, AV on a Canon body), then adjust the aperture to its smallest number. If you're using the 18-55mm kit lens, then the smallest f-number will be 3.5 when zoomed-out, or 5.6 when zoomed-in.

The camera will then automatically select a matching shutter speed, and since the aperture is wide open at its smallest f-number, this will be the quickest shutter for the current lighting conditions.

If it's not fast enough, you'll need to either increase the ISO and or increase the amount of light! Tricky when it's dark, I know! You can also improve the situation by using a lens with a smaller f-number, but these are generally very expensive.

If you're taking photos of sports at close range - ie within say 6-10 feet - then you can get great results at night with a flash. If this is something you're into, you should consider buying a seperate flashgun to go with your camera.

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