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khupp

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khupp Registered since 09th Dec 2012
Thu 20-Dec-12 12:59 AM

I am new poster,just beginning to take pictures with a D5100
1st tried night shots during Geminid meteor shower, no meteors and had a hard time w/ focus
Next used it for a 100th birthday party indoors at a resteraunt
I used the 18-70 kit lens and the pop up flash, everything on auto. I was not pleased with the color, lighting or focus
Then back at the house I tried using the video mode on auto and found later that everyone had skin tones that make the look like smurfs (blue)

grnzbra

Springfield, US
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grnzbra Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Sep 2011
Thu 20-Dec-12 01:46 PM | edited Thu 20-Dec-12 01:49 PM by grnzbra

Sounds like someone has been messing with the settings. Was this either a used camera or a "floor model" demo that could have had the settings changed? Check your manual for the method for resetting the settings to default.

Auto focus on a blank sky is problematic; there's nothing to focus on (stars might not be good enough for the autofocus to work properly). For night sky shots, I would use manual focus and set it for infinity.

Within the last week, I read about some kind of setting adjustment that can change the overall color hue of a picture (but that may be only black an white pix - I don't remember). Or perhaps the White Balance adjustment is off. Do you shoot raw (NEF file extensions). If you do, you might be able to correct that in the computer using the white balance.

Is the 18-70 the only lens you have? (I thought the "standard" kit lens was the 18-55). I had been using an 18-200 lens and found out later that the lens had focus problems. When I went back to the 18-55 kit lens, I got sharp pix. If you have another lens, check the focus using that lens. Do a search for the "Where is the Focus" thread. I received some good advice there about my focusing problems.

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DavidN4

Johns Creek, US
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DavidN4 Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Nov 2011
Thu 20-Dec-12 02:53 PM

>I am new poster,just beginning to take pictures with a D5100
>1st tried night shots during Geminid meteor shower, no meteors
>and had a hard time w/ focus
>Next used it for a 100th birthday party indoors at a
>resteraunt
>I used the 18-70 kit lens and the pop up flash, everything on
>auto. I was not pleased with the color, lighting or focus
>Then back at the house I tried using the video mode on auto
>and found later that everyone had skin tones that make the
>look like smurfs (blue)


Check your white balance setting, set it to Auto if you are just starting out. Check your focus settings and metering as well. Start with AF-S, and matrix metering.

MEMcD

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Fri 21-Dec-12 04:12 AM

Hi Ken,

Welcome to Nikonians!

>I am new poster,just beginning to take pictures with a D5100
>1st tried night shots during Geminid meteor shower, no meteors
>and had a hard time w/ focus

The AF system need light and an AF target with contrast.
The nightime sky has neither.
Seting the focus to Manual should solve your focus problem.

>Next used it for a 100th birthday party indoors at a
>resteraunt
>I used the 18-70 kit lens and the pop up flash, everything on
>auto. I was not pleased with the color, lighting or focus

The color and lighting sound like a White Balance issue.
The focus issue could be caused by using a AF Target without a lot of contrast.

Was the subject you were focusing on in focus?

If so, it could be the result narrow DOF if you were shooting with the aperture wide open.

>Then back at the house I tried using the video mode on auto
>and found later that everyone had skin tones that make the
>look like smurfs (blue)

Again, it sound like the White Balance is set to something other than Auto.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

dervari

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dervari Registered since 22nd Nov 2012
Sun 23-Dec-12 09:41 PM

>I am new poster,just beginning to take pictures with a D5100
>1st tried night shots during Geminid meteor shower, no meteors
>and had a hard time w/ focus

I use LiveView and zoom in to a bright star to adjust the focus until the star is a pinpoint. I've also used my tablet with LiveView to get a larger picture to focus with.

I used a Sigma 4.5mm lens for quite a few of my meteor shots and it performed well, including having a true infinity focus mark on the lens.

khupp

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khupp Registered since 09th Dec 2012
Tue 25-Dec-12 05:59 AM

tHThe blue hue only turns up on the video after I upload it into my computer, on the camera review screen it looks good

khupp

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khupp Registered since 09th Dec 2012
Wed 26-Dec-12 10:41 PM

The blue hue in the video review was only on the computer after I downloaded the SD card. On the camera review the video looks great

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