Nikon D70 - a disappointing day
Hi there, I must first explain that I am a complete novice/moron when it comes to photography. Spent this afternoon at the local wildlife park. Totally beautiful day, sun blazing, and I took 160 photos with my Nikon D70, 18-70mm lens. Soon as I got home, downloaded them to my laptop and performed a quick slide show to check them out. Out of the 160, probably 5 are worth keeping, if that. As a novice, I'm not sure how to technically explain why I'm disapointed with the shots, but will try my best....

Basically, the strong concentrations of light have no detail and are too bright. I took care not to shoot into the sun and all settings were on auto...

Comments (6)

Withut seeing samples, it's kind of hard to speculate. Posting some samples - resized with an editor that doesn't strip exif would make it easier to offer suggestions...

Comment #1

Hard to tell from a small shot like that. It may be the exposure zones used averaged too much away from the center with the light subject, the rest seems pretty well exposed. Checking on the Digital Camera Forum, tree down to the D70 thread. There will be people used to that one specifically...

Comment #2

Craig - I'm very much a novice at digital photography, but have dabbled in film photography for a while. It sounds like you are metering a dark area of the subject. The camera will try to lighten it up, and the light areas get overexposed. If your camera can be set to average the exposure from several sensors, that might be your solution. In theory, the camera can make a correctly exposed picture in bright sun at any of the "film speeds", but you might try a lower speed, too. BTW- A lens hood cuts down light entering the lens from outside the angle of view.

It's like shading your eyes or wearing a hat with a visor. Good luck. Have fun. With a digital camera, film is cheap and you aren't out the $40 or $50 for processing and prints! You can't learn about photography without taking pictures and looking at them critically. Sounds like you are off to a great start...

Comment #3

I don't think the hood was the issue in his sample...

Comment #4

What is happening is called 'blowing out the highlights'.

Read the manual to see how you can turn on the highlight warning feature. This will show you what areas in your picture will have 'blown' highlights. If the areas of interest are involved, then you need to decrease exposure. A digital camera has a limited exposure latitude as compared to print film. Stick to matrix metering and if it's very bright you should have used fill flash.

If all this sounds like Farsi, sell your D 70 body on eBay, keep the 18-70 lens and then get a D 50 body. The D 50 is designed to give you better pictures straight out of the camera...

Comment #5

I was about to type "what Mahmud said" until he got to the part about the D50. Unfortunately, it blows out highlights too when set at "proper exposure". I have mine permanently set at 1/2 stop under. Mahmud is indeed right on when he says turn on the highlight warning feature. Shoot a test shot, then if anything blinks, dial in some underexposure...

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