Canon 20D help

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  1. RATBONES

    RATBONES TPF Noob!

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    I just received a hand me down on a Canon 20D. I'm a total noob. I've taken several shots with the basic 'landscape' and 'portrait' default modes and I noticed the brightness.

    I haven't adjusted any setting such as 'white balance' etc. but I 've used only the default modes.

    Is my 20D faulty or is it just a settings thing?

    Thanks

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    beni_hung TPF Noob!

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    Looks like a default setting picture to me.. Maybe done in overcast weather?
     
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    RATBONES TPF Noob!

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    yep overcast. so this looks normal? My point and shoot dig cam doesn't have that brightness on the image.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Brightness has to do with the exposure. Any of the shooting modes will give you the same exposure, so that's not the issue.

    You can easily adjust the exposure by using EC (exposure compensation) or by shooting in manual mode.

    A bit of advice; you don't need to use those 'picture' modes like landscape, portrait etc. You can do everything you need to do with the 4 main shooting modes...P, Av, Tv & M.
     
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    Samanax TPF Noob!

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    Digital Photography Tips For Beginners

    Photography tips: are you metering correctly?

    All About Exposure

    Fine-Tuning Exposure with a Digital Camera's Metering System

    How to Use Exposure on Your DSLR / Digital Camera

    Exposure Metering

    I don't think the 20D is faulty. Time to get out of AUTO Mode and learn how to use those other shooting modes (P, Av, Tv and M) so that you have creative control over your pictures, not the camera.

    The Exposure Triangle – In Beginner Speak “The End of Auto Mode"

    Understand Digital Photography exposure – The Exposure Triangle

    Understanding Exposure with the Exposure Triangle

    Exposure Triangle

    Lens Aperture Explained – Exposure Triangle Pt.1

    Shutter Speed – Exposure Triangle Pt.2

    ISO – Exposure Triangle Pt.3
     
  6. DennyCrane

    DennyCrane No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Found your problem
    The ISO is 400, with f/5.6 and 1/80 shutter... yeah, if that's what the processor says is right, there's a problem. I don't know... can the 20d's processor be overridden somehow in the auto modes?
     
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    RATBONES TPF Noob!

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    Thank you all for the valuable information. I will post any new developments.
     
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    RyanLilly No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The 20D is a great camera, both BigMike and I will vouch for it. Try learning to use the four main exposure modes, like mike said. and read up on some of the links posted above. The 20D is kind of an old camera by today's standards, but it still out shoots any P&S and is arguably better than many current entry level DSLRS.
     

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