Toshiba PDR-M65 Under Exposure

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by jw, Sep 16, 2004.

  1. jw

    jw Guest

    My wife takes pictures with our PDR-M65 for her quilt guild in a large
    autotorium. I've never been there so I simply repeating what she
    tells me. The lighting is either florescent (sp) or halogen. She
    says halogen. Everytime she comes home from a meeting with pictures
    they are way under exposed. She uses the flash and has the thing set
    on auto.
    We are senior citizens and quite frankly are a bit out of our element.
    The manual is way over our head. Is there someone out their with this
    camera that could suggest a the setting for these types of pictures.
    It is generally one or two women holding a quilt and my wife is
    standing directly in front from a distance of probably 12 -15 feet in
    order to get the quilt in the frame. The pictures also come out with
    a definite orange-ish cast.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated and thanks in advance.

    jw, Sep 16, 2004
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  2. My guess is that the auditorium, like most, is fairly dimly lit.
    I doubt the lighting is fluorescent. More likely, tungsten, halogen, or
    mercury vapor.
    I looked up your camera, and as I suspected, the flash is rated for 13 feet.
    The problem is simply that you are not getting enough light on the subject.

    Some steps you could take:
    1. Move closer (this may not be possible given the size of the quilt)
    2. Go to a more brightly lit location. Again may not be possible.
    3. Bring more light. If your camera supports an add-on flash, that would be
    one route. A work light on a long extension cord. Of course real
    photographers would have synched flashes with reflectors and diffusers,
    but I thinking along the lines of a crude and simple fix.
    4. If your camera supports "exposure compensation", turn it up a few notches
    for these pictures. (Essentially, this means "expose the picture more".)
    5. Use a tripod, and turn the flash *OFF*. The flash isn't helping much anyway,
    but the camera doesn't know that. With the flash off, the camera will keep
    the shutter open much longer, giving a more exposed picture. However, if
    the time is more than, say, 1/100 sec., you'll need the tripod (and steady holders)
    to prevent movement from blurring the picture.
    6. Do a bit of computer processing. You'll be amazed how much you'll be able to
    improve the pictures by increasing the gamma setting in your favorite photo
    editing program. Many programs have auto-correct modes that are idea for
    beginners. Later you can move to more capable manual methods if you desire.
    This is most likely an issue with the "white balance". If your camera allows,
    try setting white balance to match the lighting of the auditorium. The most
    accurate method would be to use "manual white balance", if your camera
    supports the option.

    You can also correct the white balance in most photo editors.
    Dan Wojciechowski, Sep 17, 2004
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  3. jw

    jw Guest

    Thanks Dan for the detailed response, and the time it took.

    I will take your suggestions. I will also take the camera, your
    reply, and the manual to the auditorium turn the lights on and see if
    I can set it up.

    jw, Sep 17, 2004
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