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Why are my film photos coming out so dark, even in bright sunlight?

The "Sunny 16" rule says that on a sunny day at f/16 you should be at approximately 1/(ISO) seconds for a good exposure - i.e. 1/200s in your case. You're two and a bit stops shorter than ...
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Why are my dSLR-shot landscapes consistently overexposed vs. the same shots on my smartphone?

I think what you're really seeing is the difference between 'photography' and 'computational photography'. Nothing I can see in the first photo hits 0,0,0 or 255,255,255, it all fits quite neatly ...
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Why does my first picture have a dark area and the next is fine?

This phenomenon entirely depends on how backlight of the LCD works. The brightness of LEDs is controlled with very frequent pulses (Pulse Width Modulation) which are mostly unnoticeable to humans. PWM ...
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Nikon D850 images are always underexposed

Nikon's matrix metering is not just basic "overall" metering... it uses a database of thousands of images to try to determine what kind of scene it is and what the exposure should be (Nikon'...
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Why are my film photos coming out so dark, even in bright sunlight?

OM-1N: Was that the one that originally had a mercury battery in it? If so you need to understand that those are unobtanium and that they don't have the same voltage as standard alkaline etc. My ...
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The benefit of 14 stop acquisition when the exhibition is only in SD?

A contrast ratio between 1000:1 and 4000:1 could be expected from an LCD screen. That's 10-12 stops. Given something more exotic like OLED and it goes up higher. 8 bit color is going to have at ...
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Why are my blacks coming out so noisy on a Pentax K-30 DSLR when using RAW format

I can't answer in regards to the camera itself, as I don't know Pentax at all, but… You're very short on light. f/7.1 1/25s ISO 12800 You can get away with 1/25s exposure time if you're on a tripod. ...
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Why are my blacks coming out so noisy on a Pentax K-30 DSLR when using RAW format

The backgrounds are coming out a mottled blue\gray with a lot of noise on it, rather than black. The objects that I'm photographing look washed out. I don't have this problem other colored backgrounds....
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The benefit of 14 stop acquisition when the exhibition is only in SD?

One word: Editing. One different word: Choosing. The point of having a raw file that contains a wide range in itself gives you the ability to choose how you want to "develop" the image if ...
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The benefit of 14 stop acquisition when the exhibition is only in SD?

Digital cameras have almost perfectly linear sensor response and there is no gradual loss of quality towards the saturation point. As soon as one of channels reaches saturation the colour cannot be ...
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The benefit of 14 stop acquisition when the exhibition is only in SD?

First off, DR is not "steps;" it is only the difference between minimum and maximum... the same dynamic range can be encoded/displayed with 16bit, or with 2 bit; i.e. pure black and pure ...
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FZ300 Can I change the viewfinder and screen exposure?

... I reduced the exposure in such a way that the third picture is the one with the correct exposure. Trouble is that the viewfinder shows the exposure of the first picture, it is underexposed. ...
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Push-develop a film shot at box speed

In theory: if you shoot at 200 and develop at 400 you will get a 1 stop overexposed negative. Somewhat blown highlights, unexpectedly clear shadow detail. Plus general push process artifacts, like ...
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Why are all my photos shot with a M38 Kodak Film Camera coming out super dark?

I wouldn't call this a "bad" camera, per se, but it's certainly a cheap camera. There's some information on your camera here: https://kodak.sinopromise.com/kodaklicensingproducts-filmM38....
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Why are my film photos coming out so dark, even in bright sunlight?

I'd say your cameras light meter is way off as 1000th at f16 is really optimistic for 200 speed film. Color negative film loves light, I normally shoot it at half box-speed (so 100 speed) as I can't ...
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Accidentally opened back of analogue camera while rewinding film, are all pictures lost?

Why wouldn't the film that was already rewound be ok? The film inside the cassette is protected from light, don't you agree? How much film remained outside the cassette? That's the film that was ...
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Why are my blacks coming out so noisy on a Pentax K-30 DSLR when using RAW format

I don't yet understand what all the settings mean, or how they are used, as I previously just used a mobile phone set to Automatic. Mobile phones usually use aggressive noise reduction and increased ...
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One side of photo dark (Pentax K1000, Kodak UltraMax)

The possible reason In a focal plane shutter at high speeds, the two curtains go across the focal plane close to one another, producing a traveling slit. The width of the slit determines at exposure ...
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Why light meter reading is way too high and cause overexposure

Incident metering (the sphere) is used to measure the light falling on a scene. It has (almost) no use for a night cityscape as the lights in the scene are the source; they are not reflecting the ...
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Why light meter reading is way too high and cause overexposure

Let me use a different scenario, a studio setup. The incident light meter (sphere) measures how much light comes to a scene. The incident light knows nothing about your product's color on the table. ...
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Why are my blacks coming out so noisy on a Pentax K-30 DSLR when using RAW format

How does the exposure automatic work? As already pointed out, the exposure automatic works best if there is a motive with a usual distribution of light levels. It will fail in edge cases like an image ...
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I accidentally opened the back of my camera after taking 9 pictures. The count now says zero and the camera is stuck. What should I do?

It's probably pulled the entire film inside the canister, leaving you nothing to grab to re-spool it. You have no option [short of dismantling the canister in total darkness to get the the leader back ...
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Accidentally opened back of analogue camera while rewinding film, are all pictures lost?

Anything that wasn't safely back in the film canister may be lost, certainly anything directly in the camera back & not wound onto either spool. You'll find out precisely when you get the roll ...
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Push-develop a film shot at box speed

You'll get an overdeveloped negative. It won't really make so much difference, especially if you scan rather than wet-print, but you shouldn't aim to do this. There's a good explainer about pushing ...
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Push-develop a film shot at box speed

In general, if you increase development, you increase contrast: the linear part of the H&D curve (log exposure vs. density) gets steeper. This generally has only a small effect on shadow details -...
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Push-develop a film shot at box speed

Here is a good explanation of Pushing and Pulling Film. If you scroll down, there is a B&W photo of a woman playing guitar, which has the following description: [Pushed +2] At a stop push is ...
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Why are my dSLR-shot landscapes consistently overexposed vs. the same shots on my smartphone?

I will only focus on some practical tips. If you constantly feel your images are overexposed, then make constant adjustments so they are as you like. Use exposure compensation (Page 73 on the user ...
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FZ300 Can I change the viewfinder and screen exposure?

It's very normal for the electronic viewfinder to show the image with the compensation which you've set, be it in bracketing or in normal usage. If you would like to see normal image in the viewfinder ...
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What is the role of Shutter Speed while using a Manual Flash?

I’m happy to have found this thread. The number of YouTube videos providing false information of incident light meters work in situations that are 100% flash lit, is disturbing. Typically they’ll set ...
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Why is my Nikon taking black photos only?

I just stumbled on this thread as I was just having the same issue. The only thing that changed from when the last time I took ay pictures was I had added a quick shoe to the camera base so I could ...
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