Robyn Help! (round 2)

Robyn Help! (round 2)

camera basics and understanding exposure
lesson/challenge 8

Here’s another one for you Robyn, again no post processing done. I don’t feel like the histogram is completely accurate on this one either. It looks to me like it’s registering way darker than the photo actually is. But if I had my shutter at 1/30, Exposure Comp at +5, the Aperture as wide as it would go at 5, and my ISO bumped ALL the way up to 6400… why isn’t this photo nearly pure white?

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27 years old from Saint Paul MN (US). I have a 3 year old daughter, a son in heaven who would be 2, and 1 year old identical twin sons! I've been with my husband for 10 years but we've only been married since August 2013. I have always loved photography and just 5 months ago upgraded from my point n shoot to a canon t3 DSLR. I'm in love!


  1. I guess whatever I’m doing wrong here is why I’m having such a hard time getting the quality I want :/ Even when I have all the settings as bright as possible, it still isn’t bright enough and I’m losing quality because of it. Especially when I have to go in and brighten it in DPP or PSE and lose even more quality. I don’t know what to do 🙁 But I am going to try to get take some photos tomorrow afternoon so I can watch the histograms, I’ll let you know how it goes and if I get anything surprising.

    • Oh and I just noticed I only had the exposure comp at +3… but non the less my question remains the same.

  2. Can I get you to try taking one on Automatic as well – with no exposure compensation and post it with the histogram. If possible try for a time/place when there is enough light to get a fairly good exposure. I’d like to compare the histogram with what you have been getting using TV/AV.

    All I can think of is that you simply are not getting enough light with maximum aperture, high ISO and slow shutter (even with exposure compensation).

    Can I also get you to make sure when you are using TV that the aperture is not flashing in the viewfinder and similarly with AV that the shutter speed is not flashing. This would indicate that there simply isn’t enough light to get a correct exposure.

    • I’ll do that tomorrow and see what happens. typically I watch for that (since that lesson at least) and I try to adjust it so it doesn’t flash, sometimes I don’t have a choice but to take the photo flashing or not. I believe with this one it was flashing because the scene was darker and using only the lights in my house. That’s when I’m having to raise the ISO sky high to get it to stop flashing. Let me see what I can get for you tomorrow.

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