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03-07-2010, 04:51 PM   #1
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Beginners K-X question

Hi,

I have a K100D which I love. I am a total amateur using it but I get some nice shots on occasion. I recommended the K-X for my Sister in Law who wanted something to photograph her kids games.
She recently shot a basketball game with the 18-55mm kit lens. All the shots came out darker than what they should have. The court was really well lit. She uses Auto Picture as that is all she knows about. I know you get better pictures using the other modes but I would have thought that even using Auto they would have come ok. i.e not under exposed. I know they can be fixed on the PC but i don't want to have her do that all the time. She is using the lens at the end of it's range (55mm). I suggested she try her longer zoom lens to see if it helped. Any tips?

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Ian

03-07-2010, 06:51 PM   #2
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Use the Exposure Compentsation button to increase the brightness of the pic. (it's the one with the +/- on the top of the camera.)
Note:Increasing the exposure will likely mean that the shutter speed will be slower and the pics will appear to be blurred. Increase the ISO level to 1600 or 3200. This will should allow a shutter speed fast enough it freeze motion.
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Post pictures - without pictures, we cannot really help. Most likely, the camera metered off something bright in the scene - like a light, or a reflection - and tried to expose for that instead of on the players. Even on auto, you still have to know some basics about exposure and metering in order to make effective use of a DSLR.
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You can still choose the metering method in auto mode, maybe she was using spot metering.
or worse, she might have had exposure compensation set negative without noticing

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