Hi, I have a new Nikon D60 and I have been tweaking and taking
shots with it and right now I have a problem. I'm shooting in
but no matter what settings I use all my photos seems to be
out of focus or lacking sharpness and with noise.x(
I tried NEF(RAW) and JPEG(fine and large)and in both cases my
pictures don't come out as sharp as I expected them. I'm using
the 18-55 VR
zoom lens that came with the kit. I was turning on and off
the camera without
turning off the VR, till yesterday when I realized that I
needed to turn off
the VR. My ISO settings has varied from 100 to 400, but mostly
100 and 200,
auto noise reduction and auto white balance. The shutter speed
has been between
1/60 to 1/250 and aperture has leaned to the open wide side(4
to 5.6, some at
8,few at 11).VR always on.The pictures have come out always
not sharp enough
and with a high noise. I used to have a D50 and the pictures
were better than
with the D60, and those were not VR lenses.
Am I doing something wrong?I need help, please.
Without seeing an example along with complete EXIF data trying to figure out what's wrong is sort of like calling a mechanic and saying "my car won't start, what's wrong with it?"
But, there are a couple of things. You do not need to turn off the VR before you turn off the camera. Also, with VR, you need to let the image stabilize before releasing the shutter. This takes about a second and you can actually hear the VR settle in. If you don't give the lens time to stabilize, you are likely to get blurry photos. Do you have Auto ISO turned on? I would recommend turning off the noise reduction. Noise is better dealt with in post processing. What do you use for post processing and do you do any sharpening in post processing?
Welcome to Nikonians! Gerry is right! My best guess with out seeing the images would be that you are releasing the shutter before the VR settles. If you are shooting at shutterspeeds between 1/60th and 1/250th, try turning the VR off. If your images are sharper this confirms the cause of the problem is the VR not having enough time to settle. When using VR, once you lock in your focus allow about a second or so to settle, then release the shutter. This should provide enough time for the VR to work. Shooting at ISO 100 to 400 you shouldn't have too much trouble with noise unless there ate dark shadows in your image. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikon!
We might be able to help more if you could post a shot with the exif data.
There are multiple things that maybe causing the problems. Just a few things off the top of my head.
1. Focus lock on the wrong part of the image. 2. Not using half-press to lock focus before snapping the pic 3. Not allowing the VR to stabilize. 4. Camera in Manual Focus mode vs AF mode 5. Incorrect Custom exposure settings. 6. AF assist light turned off.
As far as the noise issues? ISO 100 really shouldnt have any noise. Check and see if you have AUTO iso enabled. In which case the camera will choose a ISO for you...when you think its on ISO 100 you may be getting a ISO 1600 image or something.
Thank you bdavison, I did check for all that, but guess what..I took some test pictures today outside and sure, they showed pixelated,with noise and out of focus on the LCD screen of the camera when I zoomed in to see details, but then I upload them to the computer and at normal size there is not sign of the above, just a bit of not sharp enough when I magnified them to see details,something I understand, since those were taken w/the camera hand held and I have shaky hands these days,but no pixelation or noise is noticeable
You'll get it, it took me a bit of time to realize that handheld, even with VR, is trickier on a small form, lighter weight DSLR, then on a heavy metal FM.....a lot of it is probably hand shake and miniscule movement at the point of shutter actuation....have you ever tried a monopod? Whenever I lug my tripod or monopod around, (muttering and cursing under my breath...), I am never sorry that I brought it..yes these cameras are capable,( I have heard others boast about how one doesn't need a tripod anymore with a DSLR..),but if you want crisp,and sharp,... anchor that camera to something rigid...........