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?
#3. "RE: D3000 taking very dark photos (vs. D40)" In response to Reply # 0
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.