I'm trying to take a photo with my Sony a350 but it won't take pictures in low light situations. I have fiddled around with the shutter speed and the aperture but it still won't take the picture! (very frustrating)

Basically I'm trying to take a picture of a lit pergola at night, but it won't work.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Can you provide more information? What mode are you using, are you using auto focus? \$\endgroup\$
    – Hugo
    Commented Jun 28, 2015 at 23:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ Probably Michael Clark has hit the nail on the head with his answer. With regard to "fiddling" with shutter speed and aperture, that sounds like a recipe for further frustration. If you don't know what you're doing with exposure settings, I would highly recommended spending the little time necessary learning about exposure and the connection between aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings and their effects. \$\endgroup\$
    – osullic
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 7:34

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Try using manual focus. There probably is not enough light for your camera's auto focus system to work properly.


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