A friend of mine has a Nikon D40 in which he uses to take photos of items to sell on eBay. He uses the standard Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm lens, a studio light box, and some photography lighting while shooting in the macro (close up) mode and the pictures turn out great. After seeing the great photos, I decided to upgrade my point and shoot camera to a digital SLR for my own eBay business. I purchased a D3000 a few weeks ago expecting to get similar results with my camera, but that has not been the case. When I shoot in the macro mode, my photos turn out dark and shadowy, not bright and crisp like the photos taken with my friend's D40. I double checked all my settings against the settings of the D40 and they are the same, however the two cameras take completely different photos. I've experimented sitting in the exact same spot, same lighting, same everything, but yet the photos are so different. I even thought it might be something with the lenses as they are slightly different models, so I tried putting my lens on the D40 and it still took great pics. The conclusion I have come to is that it must be some setting that needs to be changed, but I have tried just about everything I can think of with no good results. I'm a novice to the SLR camera world so my question may be a simple one to answer, but I have become frustrated in trying to figure this out and that's why I am turning to the more experienced users for help. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
#2. "RE: D3000 Macro photos dark...help!" In response to Reply # 1
That is part of the problem I forgot to mention in my initial post. I have tried pushing the exposure compensation button (the little + - button just behind the shutter button) but it does not allow me to change any exposure settings while in the macro shooting mode, or any of the preset shooting modes for that matter (night, panoramic, child, action, etc.) As far as flash goes, ideally I do not want to use flash because when taking close ups of shiny objects it puts an unnecessary glare on them. I am using a photo box with PLENTY of light as well so there should be no reason to use a flash.
#3. "RE: D3000 Macro photos dark...help!" In response to Reply # 0 Fri 22-Oct-10 05:12 PM by MEMcD
Welcome to Nikonians! Sorry to hear of your problem. Are the images dark when using other modes or just when you are in Macro exposure mode? Try using Program (P) exposure mode. Are the images still dark? What does the histogram indicate? What metering mode are you using? I am not sure if the metering mode can be changed in "Close UP" exposure mode or any of the other pictogram exposure modes though if the camera is in Matrix metering and the background is bright, the subject may very likely be getting under exposed. What are you viewing the images on? If on your computer; Is your monitor calibrated? If on the LCD display on the back of the camera; Have you tried adjusting the brigtness? Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!