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04-26-2012, 03:22 PM   #1
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k10Dd low light issues

All my indoor shots seem dark compared to other dlsr and even point and shoot cameras. It's typically on green which should be fine for most things. Does this happen to others? or is it some setting i've changed?

04-26-2012, 03:42 PM   #2
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Can set jpeg setting from natural to bright or see if the EV setting is in the minus and set to positive. Does it look dark on the Camera's LCD screen?
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post an example with full EXIF and we should be able to help you out some more
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I'm not sure if this is what you were asking for

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haha, not really!

Just post a photo you have taken which you feel is a good example of the problem you are having, straight from the camera (no editing before posting)
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That backlighting from the windows is going to make your images tough to use. Try some other settings, though, like Sv with ISO around 800 or 1600 and see what kind of shutter speed it recommends. Indoors, in the dark, you're going to have to get out of green mode. That's my experience with the K10 and even the K5, for that matter. I'm usually shooting TAv with f 5.6-ish indoors, higher if I can get away with it, and keeping shutter speed above 1/45 sec.

Have you tried fill flash with that kind of back-lighting?
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both these pics were taken in green mode, both chose 1/30 and F3.5. The Canon used ISO 250 vs Pentax 200. I also took it with a Kodak P&S which looked a lot closer to the Canon
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04-27-2012, 05:48 PM   #8
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I was reading some unrelated forum threads and one was talking about firmware. I have never updated my camera, it's still using 1.00 would that have any effect on picture quality?

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The biggest difference I see in the camera settings is the metering modes. Pattern on the Canon and center weighted on the K10. Multi segment on the K10 would meter the whole image more effectively and should give you similar results.
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If I recall, the k10d tries really hard not to blow out anything, such that it would have a darker exposure with that back lighting. You'd need some positive exposure compensation to have a chance.... Better yet, you should manually set the exposure on the k10d to match the canon's and see how the shots compare.
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+1 to twilhelm's comment about the metering modes.

Your problem (in this example) is the bright light from the windows. Use a different metering mode, AE lock (measured on the interior), Ev compensation or flash.
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Actually, I'd say both pictures are horribly *overexposed* - the stuff out the window is completely blown out. But the Pentax was at least *less* horribly overexposed.

Oh, you wanted to exposure for the the *inside* of the room? How was the camera supposed to know this? You need to be sure to meter for the inside, then. No need to change metering *modes*, though. I would simply point down at the ground, meter there using your usual metering mode (presumably multisegment or center weighted), and lock exposure. That is the usual way of handling backlit subjects with any camera.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
Actually, I'd say both pictures are horribly *overexposed* - the stuff out the window is completely blown out. But the Pentax was at least *less* horribly overexposed.


Hence my reference to flash; expose on the 'outdoors' and use flash to brighten up the interior.
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I tried taking pictures with multi segment metering mode and it was even darker. I haven't tried locking the exposure but I tried other rooms with no windows and still have the same darkness issue
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The k10d will underexpose if there is anything in the frame that will cause the sensor to clip the highlights. In this case, the windows.

But it can also be a bright sky, or a single bright light in the frame. In the case of the room shots, I would have pointed the camera at the floor, locked the exposure, then taken the shot. But then the windows would be completely blown out. This is why HDR (high dynamic range) photography is popular for interior shoots.

Th K10d's meter is also prone to underexposing bright scenes, and over exposing dark scenes.
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