I've been shooting my D80 in aperture mode, and have been getting very grainy photos even with wide open apertures. I seem to have more problems with my 60mmNikkor 1:2.8D lens than with the zoom which came with the camera. The polarizing filters seem to make it all worse.
The cameras ISO seems to be set at 1000 by default. I have not adjusted it, so I presume its on auto. Do you have any advice on how I can get away from these grainy photos?
Welcome to Nikonians! The Digital equvalent to grain is noise. The D80 starts to get noisy at about ISO 640 or so and is very noisy at ISO 1000. Go into the camera menu and set the ISO to 100 and the exposure mode to P, S, A, or M mode. Note Program (P) exposure mode is similar to Auto mode, though you will have to deploy the built in Speedlight if you want or need flash. See page 43 in the D80 Users Manual Always use the lowest ISO possible for the given ambient conditions. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Sun 22-Jan-12 02:13 PM | edited Mon 23-Jan-12 01:31 PM by aolander
Apertures, lenses, and filters aren't responsible for noise (grain). If you are shooting at a high ISO, you will get more noise. If you underexpose, you will get more noise. Adding fill light or using any other process to lighten the darker areas of an image will add noise.
Shoot at a lower ISO and get your exposures correct.