A&P What am I doing wrong...

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by newboundguy, Apr 10, 2005.

  1. newboundguy

    newboundguy Guest

    I'm in a room at night with limited lighted... My aperature is 3.2 and shutter speed is 1/4. Why are my pictures so dark?

    Cool pix 8800 btw.
  2. TypeSDragoon

    TypeSDragoon Guest

    cause you have to increase ISO due to very low light and very low shutter speed

    the darker the room, the longer you must keep the shutter open so light comes in. increasing the ISO makes it more sensative and increases speeds a little

    or if you are using a tripod, then leave ISO very low and use longer shutter speeds

  3. SpiderOnTheFloor

    SpiderOnTheFloor New Member

    Oct 2, 2003
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    do you use the meter? or are you just blindly setting the aperature and shutter speed?
  4. newboundguy

    newboundguy Guest

    I'm learning this camera by trial and error.
    So the ISO is the only way? Also, I noticed that my camera doesn't let me use the flash when I manually select Aperature and shutter speed.
  5. dtfromep

    dtfromep New Member

    Oct 11, 2003
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    Saint Paul, MN
    It is a triangle of love man, ISO, Aperture & shutter speed - delicate balance.

    Larger aperture (smaller #) allows more light to get in but less depth of field
    Higher ISO allows greater sensitivity to light but become grainy
    Slower shutter speed allows more light in, but can get blurred more easily

    As mentioned before, experiment with what you have & different lighting situations. Flash helps if the subject is not too far away, there should be some way to enable the flash on your camera - have you looked through coolpix website?

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