What is the right combination for manual settings?

Question by M.: What is the right combination for manual settings?
Hello, Im new in photography and I have tried to use the Manual mode in My Samsung NX200. However the photos are always black. I found on Internet a comment that says its because Im overexposed. What exactly that means? How should I configure the camera to get a right shot?

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Answer by Forlorn Hope
not enough light getting to the sensor...

increase the light...

ISO increase
Aperture enlargement
shutter speed increased

and it all depends on the shot, to decide what the settings would be to get things RIGHT...

there is no magic setting to get things right EVERY TIME... you need experience... and knowledge... and experience...

take a shot on AUTO, then read the EXIF data to see what the settings were...

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Question by Mustafa: How can i fix the white screen of death on my phone without buying anything or taking it to a phone shop?
I have a samsung J700 and it got a blank white screen. How can i fix it by myself? It hasn't dropped on the floor or water, just happened by itself suddenly.
I tried resetting my phone and i have kept the battery out for like a day and it still wont work?

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Answer by Mike S
take it to your cell phone provider and they will fix it.

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6 thoughts on “What is the right combination for manual settings?”

  1. There is no single answer to your question. The answer is the combination that gives you the correct exposure. If your pictures are coming up black you are under exposed which means you are not letting in enough light. You have 3 choices: Slow down your shutter speed, open your aperture or raise your ISO. You can do all 3, 2 of the 3 or 1 of the three but ultimately it is finding a combination of the 3 that works. You just need to learn very basic photography. Once you understand what is going on it will be very simple for you to manually set your camera. Don’t worry, you have to start somewhere and you are at the very beginning. Everyone has to learn and start at the same spot.

  2. If you are new to photography, “manual mode is not for you…. The main thng to do is the obtain a right combination of shutter speed, aperture settings, and ISO [sensitivity] settings…. There are an infinity of such combinations of these settings for a correct exposure [ for a good picture], but these different settings, although “correct” can give different “moods” to a picture, e.g. it is possible to take a picture on a hot summer day, but give a cool misty winter morning “feel ” to a photo. If your photo was dark, it was actually “underexposed” because of not enough light… a low shutter speed…a low [big] aperture setting….a high ISO and/or a combination can be used to correct it.

    Photographers often use a light meter to obtain the correct exposure…most can get by with experience and taking few photographs of the same scene with different settings [called bracketing”…..

    I suggest that you borrow a book on basic photography from the local library….to get to know about the camera and about taking photos….

  3. Both answers are correct but if your camera has aperture priority use that as a starting point for lanscapes if shutter priority use that for action shots that way one of the three choices discussed above are done for you. look at your data and see what the camera shows then try differnt shots around those settings

  4. Black photos mean you are under exposed, not over.

    A camera’s shutter speed, aperture and ISO work together to form your exposure. The exact settings to use will depend on how much light is available and the look you are trying to achieve. So there is no one setting that will always work, every situation is different.

    Start by getting a good basic book on photography. Put your camera back on auto or program until you begin to understand how exposure works. That way you will at least be getting pictures rather than black frames. Also you can look at the settings the camera chooses and begin understanding the relationship between them. I advise you to start using a semi auto mode, shutter priority or aperture priority to begin. In those modes, you either choose a shutter speed or an aperture, and the camera selects the other to get the “right” exposure.

    Here are some links for beginners:


    This exposure explanation is simple:



    This one more in depth:



    Photography is fun and rewarding, but requires some work to become proficient. Don’t expect to get it in a day or two, it takes some time and lots of practice. Have fun and enjoy the journey! Happy shooting!

  5. Black indicates gross underexposure. Overexposure would cause your images to be pure white.

    You really need to learn the fundamentals of photography before you get too frustrated by making such mistakes

    For now, just use your cameras light meter to determine the correct exposure.

    Look on pages 75 through 80, especially 80 of your user manual.

  6. Water damage….see the below on what to do and you might have a chance that your phone will recover:

    (2) As soon as possible (preferably within 20-30 minutes). dissassemble the phone using Torx T6 screwdriver. (Get this off eBay or service depots, etc) Make an emergency trip to Sears/RadioShack/ACE/service depot/etc.
    (3) Clean/dry as much as you can, using Q-Tips
    (4) Dry the electronics components under a desk lamp on a paper towel for 24 hours.
    (5) Use a blow dryer, set on warm. Blow dry the phone. Make sure your battery and sim card are out of the phone.
    (6) Reassemble the phone
    (7) Put back together
    (8) Only now it’s safe to put the battery back in.

    You can also leave the battery and sim out. Leave your phone out in the sun. Let it dry

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