I'm having a horrible time with my pictures. I'm new to DSLR, and not very computer savvy. Not sure how to post a picture here. My pictures are blurred, well not as crisp as I'd like them to be. I shoot a person modeling my clothing. The entire shoot was a waste of time. I've had some help with setting, but it's just not working. I've read the manual, cover to cover, and I just don't get it. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Thu 18-Mar-10 05:00 AM | edited Thu 18-Mar-10 05:03 AM by jrp
Blurred images are usually caused by either of three problems: a) Camera shake with slow shutter speeds under dim or insufficient light b) Out of focus subject c) Thin/shallow Depth of Field
The set of solutions to the first issue a) are: 1. Increase ISO sensitivity to allow for faster shutter speeds 2. Use artificial lighting to accomplish the same objective as above, by providing more light into your subject. 3. Shoot from a tripod -camera shake is usually induced by bad hanholding technique and/or subject moving, and/or 4. Use flash, preferably bounced or diffused.
For the second issue b) 1. Make sure you are selecting the correct AF sensor or group of sensors for your composition and that it has enough light and contrast to auto focus. 2. Resort to manual focusing and prefocus somewhere into the path of the model, shooting when he/she crosses that point. 2. Buy faster lenses.
For the third issue c) 1. Use smaller apertures (for example, f/5.6 instead of f/2.8) for deeper depth of field.
Finally, experiment and take notes, change one variable at the time, so when you choose the better resulting image, it will be easily reproduced/repeated. Don't dispair. We all have bad shots. It is said that a good photographer is the one who only show his keepers.
Welcome to Nikonians! You can upload images to your gallery and provide a link. You can also provide a link to your images at flicker or other image hosting service. To post an image directly in the forums you must be a silver or higher member. See part 3 in the TOU: http://www.nikonians.org/html/about/terms_of_use.html Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
What are the ambient conditions that you are shooting in? Indoors or low light? What subject are you shooting? Static subjects? Moving subjects? What exposure mode, AF mode, and camera settings are you using?
Are you framing the image in the cameras viewfinder or are you using Live View? Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!