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I have a Nikon D3100, and whatever exposure levels I try all the images come out in black and white if I'm using manual or any other mode except for the auto modes. What could be causing this?

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You have almost certainly set a monochrome "picture control". This is probably showing as an "MC" towards the lower-right of the LCD - if it is, adjust this back to SD ("standard"). (That's for a camera running in English; if you're in a different language, the abbreviations may be different, but the principle remains the same).

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  • Reading the manual as linked by dpollitt above, it's actually that picture controls apply only in PASM modes. – Philip Kendall Jan 10 '14 at 8:35
  • I want to +1 you already for the fact you used "principle" and not "principal" as I read in oh so many places. – Cornelius Jan 10 '14 at 11:39

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