Canon 300D Rebel pictures at low light levels (like in my basement with just the built in flash)

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Steve m..., Dec 7, 2003.

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    Steve m... Guest

    I bought one yesterday on the 10% off sale at Best Buy. (they said this is
    the last one that they would get in till after the first of the year so I
    was lucky they held it for me) So far it's a nice camera for a person who's
    never used a SLR. I previously had used a Olympus D450Z and a Epson Photopc.
    I got it based on all the positive comments on the newsgroup here. It is
    everything that has been said about it. Anyway, last night I was taking
    some pictures of our dog here on the couch and I noticed that they are dark
    in full auto mode with flash. Here's an example:
    And then just like someone on here said you can compensate for that by
    setting the exposure level down a little. I set mine to about halfway down
    and got this picture:
    It's a lot better and printed out better on my HP 7550 too. But, it's
    still a little dark. Now I'm guessing that more tinkering would allow it to
    be better but I'd like to know that if I really want to take indoor pictures
    am I always going to mess with these settings ? It would be nice if the
    full auto mode would allow me to take these pictures without adjustments.
    Would a external flash help ? I'm wondering if the supplied flash is just a
    'weak' one or what. I did take a outside picture as well and will ask a few
    questions about it in another message. If anyone has any ideas please post
    them here as like everyone else I have a munged email address.

    Thanks in advance,
    Steve m..... (Pittsburgh, Pa)
    Steve m..., Dec 7, 2003
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    Don Coon Guest

    It's easy to correct in PS Elements; even easier in PS-CS.

    Use the Levels control in Elements or PS along with curves. Those eyes will
    take some work too : )

    The internal flash is pretty wimpy; and external flash will make a world of

    That said, you're actually abetter off under exposing slightly to avoid
    blowing out the highlights. Use SW to compensate for the under exposure and
    to bring out the shadows.

    I have a 10D with a 420EX flash and often have to adjust flash exposure
    compensation (FEC). Unfortunately, Canon did not include FEC on the DRebel :
    Don Coon, Dec 7, 2003
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    Guest Guest

    The people who sell BreezeBrowser have an exposure compensation hack on
    there website so you can set a compensation permanently, tho I wouldn't
    recommend using it.

    I believe the problem here is the TTL centre-weighted metering. The camera
    meters the subject at 0EV, but almost invariably, the subject is the nearest
    thing to the camera, thus everything else is darker being farther from the
    light source. Being darker is actually much better than being overexposed if
    you use RAW mode, as you can boost the exposure a couple of stops with
    little negative impact on final quality.
    Guest, Dec 9, 2003
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