Hello,You mentioned on my post to be using the manual mode on my camera. I tried using it for several hours on my Canon EOS 60D, and it would not take pictures. When it did, the images were all black and I tried working with it but the problem persisted. Could you please help me resolve this issue?
Thanks for emailing me. I would love to help you.
If you images are black, this means you are not getting enough light to your sensor. To get more light you need to do one of three things.
- Open up the aperture hole in your camera lens so that it is wider. You would move it from f/16 towards f/11 or more for f/8.
- Slow down your shutter speed. This means you would move from 1/125 of a second to 1/60 or even slower at 1/30.
- Increase your ISO setting so that it is higher. This means you would go from 100 to 200 or even more at 400.
So now that you know you what your three options are, let’s put this information into practice.
Go get your camera and turn it on.
Next rotate the dial on the top so that it is set in the “M” mode for manual control.
Go outside during the day where it is bright or find a bright room.
Hold your shutter release 1/2 way down and look through the viewfinder.
There will be a meter that will light up at the bottom of your viewfinder. It will look similar this one below that is telling us that it is one stop under exposed. (See how the black line is below the number one on the negative side of the line?)
If you were outside, photographing something in the bright sun, you can get your meter to look like the one below by setting your exposure to ISO 100 f/16 @ 1/125 of a second.
This is called a normal exposure when the line is below the triangle. Depending on how bright the sun is during the time of day, if there is haze or are clouds, you may have to move you aperture, shutter speed, or ISO setting to make the normally exposed image, which is fine. You are in control, so feel free to play with it.
Once the line is in the center, click your aperture or shutter three times one direction to see how the line moves. If it goes to left and is under the -1, then you are one stop under exposed. Snap off a frame here.
Lastly move your dial six clicks in the opposite direction to let in more light and you will have your one stop overexposed shot too for the bracketing assignment.
Play around with it and let me know how this goes for you.
Just a quick test, how many stops over or underexposed is the image below?
Hope this helps,