WTF have I managed to do, pics are virtually black.

Discussion in 'photography, graphics & art' started by Sasaferrato, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato T'agba ta ti de, a ma yo ogunja.

    I haven't adjusted any settings on my camera that I know about, but when I went to photograph the snow, I'm getting this:

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    What the hell have I done?

    It is a Pentax K-50 camera, and the shot was taken on full auto as usual.
     
  2. maomao

    maomao 四月她爹

    Maybe it's coal not snow and there's something wrong with your eyes. Possibly age related.
     
  3. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    Maybe the lens is part of the great unwashed?
     
  4. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Try another lens.
     
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  5. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Have you fiddled with the exposure compensation dial? Have you changed the ISO from auto>
     
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  6. PippinTook

    PippinTook Enforced holiday

    Did you take the cap/cover off?




    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>runs for it.....
     
  7. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato T'agba ta ti de, a ma yo ogunja.

    LOL!
     
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  8. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato T'agba ta ti de, a ma yo ogunja.

    Tried another lens, same result.
    Checked that ISO is at auto, it is.
    Exposure compensation seems to be sitting exactly in the middle.

    Called for dinner.
     
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  9. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    The EXIF data seems to be missing from the image, but check what it says the shutter speed and aperture were.
     
  10. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Well-Known Member

    Is it a negative? Of snow?
     
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  11. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Well-Known Member

    Is it night time?

    Snow At Night.
     
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  12. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato T'agba ta ti de, a ma yo ogunja.

    1/100 sec. f/7.1 55 mm
     
  13. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato T'agba ta ti de, a ma yo ogunja.

    Moving the dial round to M but not altering anything gives me

    [​IMG]

    So the sensor isn't buggered. I've inadvertently changed something, but heaven knows what. :(
     
  14. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato T'agba ta ti de, a ma yo ogunja.

    On the image shown on the screen immediately after taking the shot, it mentions RAW which I don't recall seeing before.
     
  15. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Sas, check in your manual if there is a reset to standard settings button or combination of buttons.

    Often there is and it can resolve issues like this.

    Other than that it does look as if you perhaps selected -3 exposure compensation.

    Incidentally your last image above where you say you switched to M mode, I bet the actual f-stop and shutter speed will also have changed.
     
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  16. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato T'agba ta ti de, a ma yo ogunja.

    Very probably, it was just an experiment.

    Your suggestion is excellent, and I will look for that. The main thing is that the camera hasn't died, it isn't that old.

    If I can't find reset instructions, I'll E-mail Pentax customer services.

    Thanks to everyone for their help.
     
  17. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Also, if you haven't already, try to get a pdf of the camera's manual, (from the manufacturer's website usually) it can be helpful being able to search it on your pc and reduces damage you might make to your printed one leafing through it.
     
  18. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Quite possibly. That wouldn't affect the set aperture and speed in the EXIF - there would usually also be something saying that exposure compensation was set, but not all viewers would see that.
     
  19. Saul Goodman

    Saul Goodman It's all good, man

    I'd also check for new firmware and update as necessary.
     
  20. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Pentax K-50 Guided Tour | Expert photography blogs, tip, techniques, camera reviews - Adorama Learning Center
     
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  21. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Sasaferrato you should try the tip posted by FridgeMagnet above, it could be the solution for you.
     
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2018
  22. Sasaferrato

    Sasaferrato T'agba ta ti de, a ma yo ogunja.

    I've found a temporary fix by pushing the exposure up to +5, which suggests that somewhere it is set to -5. Just looking at FM's suggestion now.

    Thanks to all for help.
     
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  23. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Have you accidentally upped your iso to something like 5000?
     
  24. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Surely that would just up his shutter speed, or brighten the image?
     
  25. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Only if they're using it on auto.

    If you've got a 5000 iso, and the shutter speed if high, say 1/600th it would barely make any exposuure.

    Edit: ignore me, I'm being an idiot...... I meant they may have accidentally put their ISO low, like 50 iso or something.
     
  26. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  27. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Sasaferrato where do these dark pictures appear, on the camera display, or on the computer you transfer them to, or both?
     

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