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Old 7th of March 2004 (Sun)   #1
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Default Dark Pictures with my Canon Digital EOS Rebel HELP!!

hello i'm new to this fourm i just bought a Canon Digital EOS Rebel and i bought the speedlite 550EX flash and the EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM and i been using it and the pictures seem to look great but now for some reason the pictures are all dark i try taking the flash off and using the oringial lens try alot of things but nothing still dark i have it in auto mode too i'm i doing something wrong here can anyone help me out the pictures i'm taking are in doors.
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Old 7th of March 2004 (Sun)   #2
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couple of ideas...
AEB is that on?
Try it in manual...shot w/ the cursor on 0 to +2.
What f-stop is it using?
What kind of lighting is around?
What ISO is it using?
Is the lens cap off?
Is this on LCD or mointor, or what?
Any other info
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Old 7th of March 2004 (Sun)   #3
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please bear with me here i'm very new with this camera and you may laugh but i don't know half the stuff on the camera i been playung with it alot and i have a regular monitor and the pictures when i first got it came out great but now the pictures are all dark i try it in manual mode and some picture seen to be ok but other still dark.it seems to me the closer i get to the image the better the picture is when i take a picture say about 8 to 10 feet the picture are still very dark please bear with me here beucase i'm still not sure what all the settings do.by the way my AEB is at 0 i just check the settings on this.
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Trying to learn one of the most advanced cameras and flashes on the planet may be a little overload at this time.

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I just got mine the other day. This camera is pretty sophisticated for someone like myself. I have been out of photography for a while.

What I am finding that is working for me is taking the manual, and going one page at a time to learn it.

Seems like alot but it is working in my case.
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Chris, are you trying to take a picture indoors either at night or when there's no sunlight from the outside coming in? From what you're describing, where any subject close to you, say within 10 feet or so, are OK but anything farther away is dark, it seems like that's the case. And that is normal to a point. The 550ex should give you better results with more distant subjects but it can only go so far, too. You might want to check to make sure that you didn't accidently set the 550ex on a lower power setting from the full power setting. Refer to your 550ex manual on how to do that.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jmurman
I just got mine the other day. This camera is pretty sophisticated for someone like myself. I have been out of photography for a while.

What I am finding that is working for me is taking the manual, and going one page at a time to learn it.

Seems like alot but it is working in my case.
Same here...but I just go haywire and try everything...only 1 way to learn...
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Old 7th of March 2004 (Sun)   #9
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Default Flash screwed all the way in?

One of the things that I kept doing when I first got my camera was to slide the flash onto the hot shoe, and then forget to screw it down tight. It needs to be tightened to ensure that the contacts are all in place correctly. Might that be happening with you?
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Csst,
try to reset the cam to the default settings. if you mistakenly hit the
AV* butten, and then spin the dial, you will engage the exposure
compensation. reset to default shoud cure this. i have a Dreb too,
and have done this.

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by the way AEB and exposure compensation are not the same thing.


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Try this web site, it has great lessons, I used it when I first got my DRebel.

http://www.photoworkshop.com/canon/index.html
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If you use Auto mode together with a 550EX, is everything still dark?
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Old 8th of March 2004 (Mon)   #14
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Why don't you paste some example with EXIF information?

Makes it a lot easier for people trying to solve your problem...

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sorry guys for the long delay respnding back to you guys i'm going to try a few of these features and guys have been explaining to me i just want to take the time right now to THANK EVRYONE HERE for all your help and surport i'm new here and i have to says its very nice to see all these people willing to help someone that needs it.thanks again i'll post my feedback in a bit.
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