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NMrunner   US  Registered since 10th Sep 2012 Mon 10-Sep-12 03:25 AM
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"Having problems with night pics :-("
Mon 10-Sep-12 03:41 AM by NMrunner


I am new to Nikon and recently purchased the Nikon D7000. I am also new to photography and taking a class. I emailed the instructor but thought I'd ask here. My camera will NOT take any night pictures. Even in the dreaded green Auto mode. Nope. Tried the manual mode, nothing. What am I doing wrong? Yes, the lens cap is off LoL. I feel like an idiot and I'm so frustrated I have a tripod too.

ETA: I'm trying to shoot a night scene. My instructor said to shoot in Auto, then Manual. Nope.

  

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas   Richmond, US  Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004 Mon 10-Sep-12 04:20 AM
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#1. "RE: Having problems with night pics :-("
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Presumably the problem is that the shutter won't release? That's almost certainly due to the way the camera is configured: it won't release the shutter unless the "subject" (ie whatever is under the focus target) is determined to be in focus. But if it's night and really dark, it can't tell! So probably it isn't allowing you to take the picture.

First-order solution: switch to manual focus. Then you will discover that you can take the picture, but focus is bad or even terrible. Then you'll need to figure out how to get some light on the subject so that focus can be achieved - either manually or automatically. Some ways to do that including a flashlight, having the lights on for focusing but turn them off before the shot, using the AF assist illuminator on either the camera or a flash unit, or manually focusing by "zone" (ie by guessing the distance and setting manually).

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NMrunner   US  Registered since 10th Sep 2012 Mon 10-Sep-12 04:32 AM
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Thank you for your help.

I stood in the pitch black bathroom and it took the picture. Went outside, won't work? I also tried manual, nothing. I know it's user error, just can't figure it out. Across my street there's a large pond with neighborhood lights but it's pretty dark. I even used a tripod...nope. Won't take the picture. I'm clearly stomped.

  

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas   Richmond, US  Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004 Mon 10-Sep-12 04:45 AM
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Manual FOCUS? Hard to believe. Set the AF-S/AF-C/M switch to M. This is different than the P/A/S/M dial.

OK, if that didn't work, there's an option somewhere in the menus - I don't know where - that gives the option of Focus Priority or Release Priority.

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NMrunner   US  Registered since 10th Sep 2012 Mon 10-Sep-12 05:01 AM
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I was using the dial. I don't know how to switch otherwise. :shamebag:

Focus/release priority sound familiar. I can look that up.

  

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas   Richmond, US  Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004 Mon 10-Sep-12 05:10 AM
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The dial controls EXPOSURE mode, not focus. The AF switch is on the side of the lens mount, on the right if you're looking at the front of the lens, pointing to your right. It's marked "AF / M" on your camera. (On many others - such as five of mine - it's a 3-position switch, AF-S/AF-C/M.)

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NMrunner   US  Registered since 10th Sep 2012 Mon 10-Sep-12 05:34 AM
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Thank you...I see that and will try tomorrow. I didn't know that had to be on M to set it manually? It was on AF. But how do I take it in 'auto' at night as my instructor asked? I set it in that mode and it won't take a picture.

  

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JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit.   Seattle, WA, US  Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006 Mon 10-Sep-12 03:35 PM
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Autofocus requires a certain amount of light to work. If it is too dark you either need to add some light to help the focus system or switch to manual.

You can also check on the A1 and A2 "custom" focus settings. AF-C probably defaults to "release" so that the camera will take out-of-focus pictures in AF-C mode. AF-S can also be put into that mode, but just switching to AF-C might be easier.

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NMrunner   US  Registered since 10th Sep 2012 Mon 10-Sep-12 07:08 PM
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Thank you for the help, it really helps a newbie. I'll try again and report back.

  

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aolander Silver Member  Nevis, US  Nikonian since 15th Sep 2006 Mon 10-Sep-12 07:56 PM
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#10. "RE: Having problems with night pics :-("
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Your instructor probably means to take the night photo in "auto" exposure mode, not "auto" focus mode.

Alan

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NMrunner   US  Registered since 10th Sep 2012 Tue 11-Sep-12 02:53 AM
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#11. "RE: Having problems with night pics :-("
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Can you tell I'm new at this? :-P

  

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Dirty6   US  Registered since 27th Aug 2012 Mon 17-Sep-12 12:26 AM
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The fun in photography is learning, you seem to be on the right track. Ask questions and read as much as you can. Remember enjoy and have fun. It will get easier.

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas   US  Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007 Mon 10-Sep-12 05:37 AM
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#7. "RE: Having problems with night pics :-("
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Hi Diane,

Welcome to Nikonians!
The AF mode switch Brian is refurring to is #10 in the diagram on page 3 of the Nikon D7000 Users Manual .
Set the swich to M.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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jmcbride   Newmarket, CA  Registered since 23rd Sep 2009 Tue 23-Oct-12 11:41 PM
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#13. "RE: Having problems with night pics :-("
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Hi Diane,

Just saw your posts today for the first time. I know these things can be frustrating.
Have you been able to resolve the problem yet?

Jim - Nikonian in Ontario, Canada

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NMrunner   US  Registered since 10th Sep 2012 Wed 24-Oct-12 01:17 AM
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Yes, I finally resolved the issue and took an awesome shot. Thanks a lot. Been meaning to report back but forgot.

  

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