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What have I done????!!! My camera is under-exposing when I bracket

le gamin

Parksville, British Columbia, CA
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le gamin Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2012
Mon 17-Sep-12 04:51 AM

Hi all,

I have bracketed shots before with success, but suddenly all of my shots are under-exposed by -2eV. What can I do to remedy this problem?

Thanks in advance for your advice?

David

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OldITGeek

Mississauga, CA
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#1. "RE: What have I done????!!! My camera is under-exposing when I bracket" | In response to Reply # 0

OldITGeek Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Jul 2011
Mon 17-Sep-12 02:26 PM

Check your settings, you can have it set at -2ev and bracket 1/3ev so all 3 Are under exposed.

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Bravozulu

Los Angeles, US
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#2. "RE: What have I done????!!! My camera is under-exposing when I bracket" | In response to Reply # 1

Bravozulu Registered since 04th Jun 2012
Tue 18-Sep-12 02:52 PM | edited Tue 18-Sep-12 02:52 PM by Bravozulu

You are aware, aren't you, that EC +/- compensation continues when you shut off the camera and then turn it on again?

To verify, push the little EC button (to the rear-right of the on/off switch). Push it and see in the Control Panel where a + or - factor shows in the window.

Following my abysmal first outing with my new D7000 at a picnic, I reviewed the data on all the images. I had an exposure setting of -1.7 inadvertently left in the camera after a previous outing. I now have a little checklist on an index card in my camera bag.

The first item of 6 things to check is " EC +/- " And I hope you are aware that EC on the camera body accumulates with EC on a speedlight. Including speedlight EC set through menus for the Pop-Up flash.

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le gamin

Parksville, British Columbia, CA
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#3. "RE: What have I done????!!! My camera is under-exposing when I bracket" | In response to Reply # 1

le gamin Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2012
Sun 23-Sep-12 12:29 AM

Problem solved!

For the most part since I bought the camera I have set the exposure mode to Manual. I did this to slow myself down and make me decide why I wanted a particular aperture/shutter speed combination. After reading some articles it occurred to me that I could choose which aperture I wanted and then decide the shutter speed. What I did not realize at the time (I can be really stupid at times) that I would have to set the shutter speed.
Today I tried again, and I noticed that with an aperture setting of f/16 the image in the woods was going to be really underexposed (DUH!). I had not paid attention to the obvious, that I would have to set the shutter speed. So I set the shutter speed and voila! it worked.

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