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How do I get sharper, in-focus pictures? Want to learn!

jamesvoortman

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"RE: How do I get sharper, in-focus pictures? Want to learn!"

jamesvoortman Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Sep 2004
Tue 14-May-13 09:00 PM

>So, what is the "wall" as far as ISO is concerned
On the D800 I am finding that I am happy with in-camera noise reduction up to about ISO 2500. After that I tend to tweak the settings a bit in post processing but even at ISO 6400 the images are better than my D300 was at anything above ISO 800.


>Is there a general rule of thumb for the "best"
>800's ISO setting in the following conditions:
>
>a) clear and sunny- no clouds
>b) partly sunny- few to moderate # of clouds
>c) mostly cloudy/closing in on being covered.
>d) totally overcast

I have my Shooting Settings banks set up to do something similar:

Bank A : Handheld shooting in bright light - Auto ISO capped at 2500 and shutter speed = 1/2FL (+1 on the adjustment in Auto ISO menu). WB = Auto or sunlight

Bank B : handheld shooting in shade and dim light - ADL = off due to low contrast conditions, Auto ISO up to 6400, shutter speed = 1/2FL. White balance = cloudy (I find the Shade setting generally too warm)

Bank C : Shooting on Tripod where slow shutter speeds are acceptable - Auto ISO = OFF and ISO = 100 for minimal noise

Hope this gives some ideas. If you use Capture NX2 for post processing then you can change almost anything except ISO and long exposure noise reduction (LENR) after the fact.


>Agree with you on you 2/FL recommendation. Some days my hands
>shake more than others!
erm... shouldn't that be 1/2FL e.g. 1/100 sec for a 50mm lens

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