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boutwell Registered since 29th Dec 2009Mon 11-Jan-10 03:30 PM
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Hi all. I have found a wealth of great info on these forums so far and look forward to learning more.

We just upgraded from a D40 (non-VR pkg) to the D3000 kit. I love the new features on the camera but we are finding that all of the photos taken without the flash are incredibly dark. We do process everything in Photoshop but these are so dark that when leveled up we see color noise and detail loss. These results span all shooting modes, including manual using internal metering.

With our D40, we only had to do minimal corrections, so we are thinking we must have a bad unit. I did find one review on the UK Amazon site where another user had a similar problem but that is the only other siting of this problem I could find.

Are there fundamental differences in these two cameras that would cause this, or do you think I may have a bad unit?

Thanks in advance, all!

Brad

  

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Asgard Administrator He is your Chief Guardian Angel at the Helpdesk and knows a lot about a lot Nikonian since 07th Apr 2004Mon 11-Jan-10 04:09 PM
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Brad,

we need some more information.

Please upload an image to your Nikonians Gallery with Exif-Data.

Gerold - Nikonian in East Frisia
Eala Freya Fresena

  

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boutwell Registered since 29th Dec 2009Mon 11-Jan-10 04:15 PM
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I certainly will, Gerald. I should have thought of that. I will upload a few shots as soon as I get home this evening.

  

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Covey22 Moderator Expert in various fields including aviation photography Awarded for his contributions to the Resources and The Nikonian eZine Charter MemberMon 11-Jan-10 06:20 PM
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Also check the Tone/Contrast Curve being used. Even the best of the cameras out there will not get Automatic Tone Curve correct 100% of the time. The easiest way to think about this is "You can always EASILY ADD contrast, but EASILY NOT remove it." Pick a Low Tone/Contrast curve and keep it there. Then when you're sorting photos during post-process, you can then experiment with adding contrast as necessary. This results in somewhat "flat" photos out of the camera, but more control over the image processing.

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My Plan:

Get out of the car.
Get closer to the subject.
Pick the right mid-tone this time.

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