My photos are too dark!

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  1. Contegni

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    Hi everybody, I hope you had a nice holiday.

    I received an Olympus e-520 for Christmas yesterday and it came with a 14-42mm lens. I was taking some indoor pictures earlier today of my dog in relatively good light but most of them were REALLY dark. I was shooting in shutter priority and even at around 1/30 and down to 1/15 at f3.5 with ISO 400, the pictures were still ugly, soft and dark. I'm a little confused. Am I doing something wrong? Can I do anything to make my pictures better?

    Thanks and God bless!
     
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    Try bumping up the ISO 800 - 1600
     
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    Check the exposure compensation (EV). If you are in a priority mode, the camera will try to get the correct exposure no matter how you adjust the other setting. If they are dark, I would guess that you've inadvertently bumped your EV down without knowing it.

    Check your manual for exposure compensation or EV.
     
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    Discover P mode. :)

    Bump your ISO setting up to 800+ and set your camera to P and see what you get.

    I've also found that adjusting the WB to something like Tungsten can help in some instances vs. Auto.
     
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    Thanks for the responses!

    I bumped my ISO to 800 and it did help a little. I forgot to mention in my first post that I had exposure compensation to +2 while getting dark results. Is there anything else it could be?
     
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    Sounds like exposure compensation as mrogers said or your metering off something very light. Could you post an example with possibly the exif data?
     
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    ISO 400
    f5.6 (max)
    1/15
    42mm

    This picture was taken in fairly good lighting
    [​IMG]
     
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    Camera Make: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
    Camera Model: E-520
    Image Date: 2008:12:26 13:13:34
    Flash Used: No
    Focal Length: 42.0mm
    Exposure Time: 0.067 s (1/15)
    Aperture: f/5.6
    ISO equiv: 400
    Exposure Bias: 1.30
    White Balance: Auto
    Metering Mode: Matrix
    Exposure: shutter priority (semi-auto)
    Exposure Mode: Manual


    I believe that's where the problem is. Tho I thought an underexposure was negative?
     
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    Hold on, I thought the picture was overexposed. I also thought I had it at +2. What do you mean?
     
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    Go to program mode, what is the dial at? (-2 -1 0 +1 +2)?
     
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    The photo is definitely underexposed. I'm not too familiar with your camera but this may actually be flash compensation that's being adjusted.
     
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