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Error/Warning message - Not enough light on subject

RadioDJgirl

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RadioDJgirl Registered since 10th Aug 2013
Sat 10-Aug-13 07:03 PM

I was trying to take pictures of lightning and basically, my D5200 would not let me. I was in "P" and it was a 30-second exposure 100 iso and about an f-8

JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
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#1. "RE: Error/Warning message - Not enough light on subject" | In response to Reply # 0

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. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Sat 10-Aug-13 06:11 PM

You were giving too much control to the camera. For lightning shots you should be in manual mode as the camera is trying to get a correct (medium gray) exposure for the dark sky and knows nothing about the "never there" lightning.

30 sec at f/8 with ISO 100 is not a bad place to start, although f/11 or f/16 might be better.

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Joseph K
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MEMcD

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#2. "RE: Error/Warning message - Not enough light on subject" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Sun 11-Aug-13 02:32 PM

Hi Tresa,

For long exposures at or near the 30 sec. Limit of the cameras Auto Exposure capability you should use Manual Exposure mode. In addition Lightning has a short duration and the cameras meter will measure the ambient light level without the light from the lightning included in the exposure calculation. Therefore any images with lightning in it will more than likely be over exposed. Also at night the cameras meter will overexpose for ambient to start with assuming a dark scene providing an image that looks more like daylight than a night scene.

Best Regards,
Marty

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