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Old May 3, 2011, 4:50 PM   #1
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Hi,

Since I liked taking pictures, I recently decided to upgrade to Nikon d3100. Now this may be a silly question but there is an error message that pops up when I put my camera on shutter priority or manual mode: "Subject is too dark" even when there is enough light in the room.

When I turn on the live view, I can definitely see what I see in real life - aka there is plennntty of light.

But, of course, when I take a picture, the picture turns out completely back unless I lower the shutter speed -- but even then, it's still pretty dark and I can barely make out the objects.

So, can you explain why this is happening?

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Old May 3, 2011, 4:54 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to Steve's.

In a nutshell you are choosing settings that won't allow the camera to get a good exposure. In shutter priority try reducing the shutter speed down or increasing the ISO and you will find this goes away. Also in manual get the shutter speed down, aperture wider (small f number) and ISO up.

When going to live view the camera is adjusting things so it can show you the scene but this isn't changing your exposure settings.

Check out this link for some more info one exposure http://photo.net/learn/basic-photo-t...rect-exposure/
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Ah, that makes sense. Thanks for the link.
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Ah, that makes sense. Thanks for the link.
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