DSLR Help - Blurry Pics

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  1. Rob2006

    Rob2006 TPF Noob!

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    Hello,

    I am sort of a beginner photographer. I had a Canon Elph S300 for years and took hundreds of pics and some really good shots. This past November I took the plunge and bought a Nikon D50 with the 18-55 and the 55-200 Nikon lens. Some of the pics come out good and some dont. So far the P&S is looking beter than the DSLR.

    We just went away on vacation and also a wedding 2 weeks ago and allot of the pics came out very blurry. I am not sure if I am asking too much from the SLR but with the P&S Canon I almost never had blurry pics.

    Most of the of the blurry pics were even in good lighting / daylight.

    My settings are
    Matrix metering
    White Balance Auto
    ISO 200(Day) 400 Night
    AF closest or Dynamic (Tried both)

    I am trying to find out if I need a faster lens or learn how to shoot better. What a disappointment seeing pics of my 18 month old daughter as a flower girl and 1/2 the pics are blurry.

    TIA.

    Rob
     
  2. Tiberius

    Tiberius TPF Noob!

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    The fault is definitely not that of the camera or lens - ask any of the D50/D70 users here. My guess is that it's related to your grip - you have to hold the camera pretty steady. this guide isn't too bad. Out of a couple thousand shots I took with the D50/18-55mm combo before eventually replacing the lens, I'd say less than one in one hundred was blurry, and those were easily attributable to my own faults. In fact, I find that the D50 focuses and shoots fast enough that it often avoids blur I get with point-and-shoots.
     
  3. Rob2006

    Rob2006 TPF Noob!

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    http://img417.imageshack.us/my.php?image=blurry1gd4.jpg

    Nikon D50
    2006/07/15 14:34:12.6
    JPEG (8-bit) Fine
    Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
    Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
    Focal Length: 48mm
    Exposure Mode: Manual
    Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
    1/10 sec - F/5.6
    Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
    Sensitivity: ISO 400
    Optimize Image: Normal
    White Balance: Auto
    AF Mode: AF-A
    Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
    Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
    Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
    Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
    Tone Comp.: Auto
    Hue Adjustment: 0°
    Saturation: Normal
    Sharpening: Auto
    Image Comment:
    Long Exposure NR: Off
    Wide Panel
     
  4. Alison

    Alison Swiss Army Friend Supporting Member

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    Your problem lies in the shutter speed you were using, 1/10 of a second is far to long for most people to hold steady hand held, and very very slow for moving subjects such as people. As a general rule for myself I don't shoot people/children under 1/60th of a second.
     
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    too slow of a shutter if im readin that right 1/10 is too slow for an indoor shot, even with a flash
     
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    tekzero TPF Noob!

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    o damnit alison we got the same time stamps lol yay
     
  7. Rob2006

    Rob2006 TPF Noob!

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    How do you change that?
     
  8. Alison

    Alison Swiss Army Friend Supporting Member

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    I would take a look at your manual for starters, get familiar with the various controls. You took this photo on fully manual settings, and if you're just starting out in the SLR world you might want to invest in some good books or a class to help learn the basics of shutter speeds and f-stops :) Check out [ame=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0789496372/sr=8-1/qid=1154399488/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-2254469-1011133?ie=UTF8]THIS BOOK[/ame] for a good place to start :D Welcome to TPF :)
     
  9. Rob2006

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    I took that pic in "P" mode. The camera chose those settings. I just tried some pics in Manual mode and I can change shutter speed / aperature.

    Maybe its the "P" mode thats not setting up right. I will try some more pics in "M" manual mode.

    Thanks
     
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    Alison Swiss Army Friend Supporting Member

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    Actually your EXIF data shows that the exposure was done in manual, at least that's what your data posted here show :)
     
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    you need to learn about aperture and shutter, thats basically the BIG advantage of DSLR, manual, and ability to change aperture and shutter
    if you cbf, then just stick with the point and shoot, its easier and you'll get better results.
     
  12. Rob2006

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    I dont recall using a Manual mode. ANd especially tryign it that day for the wedding pics. I will look at some of the other exif's when I get home tongiht.

    I have thought about selling this SLR and getting another P&S. Allot of the pics I like to take are quick/spur of the moment shots and to fiddle with Aperature/Exposure the shot would be missed. Thats why I was using "P" mode but that didn't work out sometimes.

    Anyone recommend a GOOD P&S? I wonder how much I can get for the D50 and the LENS I have.
     

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