Hi everyone, I'm new here and this is my first post.
I'm also pretty new to photography, I've had my D5000 for about a month now. Up until this weekend everything has been going great, however I've run into the first problem I cant answer for myself.
I was at a party last weekend with my camera. I normally shoot in Aperture priority mode, and since I was indoors I was mostly using the flash as well. This was working fine. Later on in the night some friends of mine went outside for a cigar, I decided to follow to get some shots. It was very dark. My camera settings were as follows:
Aperture Priority f/1.8 ISO A (with no max limit on ISO) Flash Normal
I framed my shot, focused on my subject, and pressed the shutter release. No dice. The "ISO Auto" indicator flashed at me, the shutter didn't release, the flash didn't fire.
I tried this a few times with a few different compositions, aperture settings, etc, to no avail. I then tried it in "P" mode, again, no luck at getting a shot.
Finally I tried the green "Auto" mode. It did the TTL pre-flash thing then low and behold it worked.
I then copied all the settings it had used on auto, the Aperture, shutter speed, ISO, flash setting and set it up in manual exatly the same as it has auto set itself up, framed the same composition. Back to no luck. The "ISO Auto" indicator flashes at me, the shutter doesn't release, the flash doesn't fire.
Back inside again, in better light, everything starts working again.
Does anyone have any idea what is causing this? I dont want to have to shoot in auto mode just because I want to shoot in low light with a flash. I want to be able to control the shot myself.
The AF-assist Illuminator will only work when in Single Servo AF (AF-S selected for focus mode or single servo AF selected in AF-A focus mode) when Auto Area is selected for AF Area mode or when Single Point, Dynamic Area, or 3D tracking (11 points) is selected and the center focus point is used. See page 155 of the D5000 Users Manual . Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
One thing worth mentioning just to fully cover the bases, is the built in Speedlight pops up automatically in Auto mode but must be Manually popped up in P,S,A, & M exposure modes by pressing the flash button on the front left side of the camera. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Thanks for all the help. It was all to do with the auto-focus. As you said, theAF assist light only works when the centre point is selected, bit of a paint in the ass but I guess it'll encourage me to manual focus in future. I knew about having to manually lift the flash but I didn't know anything about the AF assist light. Thanks for the help.