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ZippyRC Registered since 21st Apr 2009Tue 21-Apr-09 03:40 AM
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"Newbie taking blurry motion pics"


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if any one could help me i have a d60 with a tamron af18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens. trying to take pics of radio controlled cars and coming out blurry

its indoor and thought it was pretty well lit.. but maybe not

i have my ISO on its highest setting but maybe im still doing something wrong

any help is greatly appreciated

thanks

  

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Tue 21-Apr-09 03:48 AM
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Pretty well lit for people and pretty well lit for action photography are often two very different things! What shutter speed are you shooting at? You'll need at least 1/250th to stop motion, maybe even more. At ISO 1600 that could be a trick with an f/6.3 lens.

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Tue 21-Apr-09 07:55 AM
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Hi,

With the lens that you have your best bet would be to set the zoom at 18mm, use Aperture (A) priority exposure mode, or Manual (M) exposure mode with the Aperture wide open at f/3.5. At f/6.3 indoors there is no way to get a reasonable shutter speed for freezing the action.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

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Marty

  

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Tue 21-Apr-09 10:37 AM
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> At f/6.3 indoors there is no way to get a reasonable shutter speed for freezing the action.

... without using flash.

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Floridian Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007Tue 21-Apr-09 03:41 PM
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You do need a fast shutter speed as others have said. You also might try following a car with your camera and shooting as the camera follows the car. With good technique you can pan the camera to follow the car and the background will be blurry, not the car. I'm sure you've seen photos like this with full-size cars. It might be tougher to do this with RC cars though. With shots that require difficult technique like this, take a lot of photos, and even if most of them don't turn out, you'll get a few good ones.

Randy

  

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ZippyRC Registered since 21st Apr 2009Thu 23-Apr-09 01:04 AM
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Thank You all.. i will be trying this tomorrow night again..
all the imput is very helpful

just one more question? is there a better lens for taking pictures inside that would be better then what i have? or is it one of those lenses that are real pricey ..

i wouldn't mind buying a lens if it will be the make or break to what i am trying to accomplish


thanks again to all

Zippy

  

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What focal lengths are you using? If they're around 35 or 50, the Nikkor 35/f1.8 AFS DX, Sigma 30/f1.4 HSM DC, Nikkor 50/f1.4 AFS and Sigma 50/f1.4 HSM are all much better at low light - f/1.4 is four stops faster than f/5.6. Four stops means 16x in shutter speed, or the difference between 1/30th and 1/500th!!! None of them are particularly expensive - all under $500 and the Nikkor 35 is more like $200. If your focal lengths are more like 135mm things will be considerably more expensive...

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Terry Beeson Registered since 01st Dec 2008Mon 27-Apr-09 06:30 PM
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Another thing to mention is your method of taking these shots. I would "assume" you are following the cars with your camera and snapping at some point. But you might be setting up for the shot at a specific location and snapping when the car is in the frame.

If following the cars, one thing to think about is "follow-through" of the shot. If you are moving with the car and then stopping as you open the shutter, this will cause a blurr as well. A fast shutter speed will take care of a lot of this, but still need that follow-through just like shooting sporting clays or ducks.

Then there is always that "auto" vs. "manual" focus factor when taking these types of images. Which are you using?

Terry

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humminoid Registered since 27th Apr 2009Wed 29-Apr-09 02:54 AM
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Terry:

One of the two most likely causes of unsharp pictures are: Shutter speed too slow for the lens you are using. Rule of Thumb: (R.O.T.) shutter speed at or greater than the focal length or equivalent you are shooting at. i.e., Focal length 250 mm. = at least 1/250 sec. Racing cars need a higher shutter speed to keep them sharp, too.

Next, and I'd say probably the biggest culprit: pressing the shutter release like you are killing a particularly nasty-looking spider. Promotes the fuzzies every time, you bet!

Indoors, as was mentioned, bottled light, in the form of an auxiliary flash is a goodness.

After all, photography literally means "writing with light". It is our medium, and if there isn't enough of it, nothing good happens.
Good luck, and have fun!

  

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