darkness caused by shutter speed?

Question by idk idc: darkness caused by shutter speed?
I made the shutter speed 1/2000 (the best cuz i have bad case of “palsy”) and i took a picture and it got really dark when i took the picture! so can i still have fast shutter speed and still not make my picture so dark (my camera is a Canon PowerShot A540)?

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Answer by shawnzmojo102
Your picture is too dark because your shutter speed was so fast, not enough light was able to get to the camera’s sensor.

Were you shooting indoors? I would suggest that a shutter speed of 1/125 or 1/160 would be fast enough to stop any camera shake. If you were using a flash when you took a picture at 1/2000, there is a good chance the flash wasn’t able to properly light the subject.

My suggestion? Slow your shutter speed down, unless you’re shooting a fast moving subject outside in bright light. Or, you could use your camera’s automatic settings.


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3 Responses to darkness caused by shutter speed?

  1. Terisu says:

    That depends on how wide you can set your aperture and how high you can set your ISO. Set your aperture (f/number) to its smallest number. That will be your widest aperture, and let in more light. If that’s still not enough, set your ISO higher. A higher ISO will give you more noise in the image, but it’s the tradeoff for being able to use higher shutter speeds.

    Or find a way to increase the light. Indoors, use flash or turn on room lights. Outdoors, find a sunny location. You can even supplement with flash outdoors in the shade.

  2. LEM says:

    Yes, too fast.
    In what mode did you set shutter to this speed? I’m guessing in shutter priority, or in manual. Not good.

    There are three things that control how your image will be exposed:
    ISO – the higher ISO the faster shutter you can use. But on A540 I would not bump ISO above 400, and even then you’d see a moderate amount of noise. 200 is good for better quality.

    Shutter – you already know that.

    Aperture – how wide the iris inside the lens is open. You want it to the widest. If your widest aperture (smallest number) is not wide enough for your shutter speed, you get a dark (underexposed) image.

    What to do:
    Set ISO as high as you’d accept the noise level. Try a few and look on your computer what works. Then set your camera to aperture priority (I believe Av on the dial). Then open up as wide as you can (smallest number, e.g. 4 is better than 5.6, and so on).

    Then your camera will be “forced” to use the fastest shutter speed it physically can, while exposing the image correctly. So in any situation you’ll have the fastest possible shutter that will not leave your image in the dark. Of course, if you’re indoors, and you still get blur – then you really can’t do much, except add more light or to use a flash…

    Good luck,

  3. vuxes says:

    Yes, just bring your subject into the bright midday sun! ;o)

    At this fast shutter speed, your image sensor is exposed for only 1/2,000th of a second (that’s what 1/2000 second stands for), and unless the light falling on your subject is very very very bright (as in the bright outdoors or under bright studio lights), your image will be under-exposed (“really dark”).

    The Canon A540 zooms out to a max tele of 140mm (35mm equivalent) and most people should be able to hand hold the camera using a shutter speed of 1/250 second without suffering from camera shake. So, try this shutter speed. Also, set your ISO to Auto so the camera will boost the ISO if necessary for a correct exposure (however noise will affect image quality at high ISOs).

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