Grainy pictures

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  1. flashlady

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    Hello I'm new to photography and I'm working with a Nikon D40 which is a great camera and the results are very clear accept for when I'm shooting subjects from a long distance, especially indoors. The pictures are not clear, are dark and are very grainy.

    These are the tools i'm working with:

    Nikon D40
    Nikon VR Zoom Lense 35 - 135mm
    SB600 Flash

    Which is causing the problem (I want to say the lense, but I could be wrong).

    Please help, so I can know what to purchase.

    Thank you so much :)
     
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    Post some examples.
     
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    From what you're saying I'm gonna have to guess that the camera is set to auto ISO. If that's the case, the camera is probably setting the ISO to 1600ish, introducing a lot of noise (graininess) into the exposure. If the picture is dark, you might just not be taking a correct exposure.

    Like the above posters said, we can't fully help you without seeing some sample images. Include the EXIF data as well.
     
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    ok cool, I'll post a few of my pictures when I get home. I don't have access to them right now, but here is an example as to what some of them come out like.


    Imagin darker and more grainy http://navitsky.org/photos/pn58b860/090615/DSC_4804-1024x768.jpg


    I have a few of a celebrity basketball game I took last year that I'll post when I get home at an indoor basketball game. A few came out aweful. It was as if the there was minimal light, a lot of redeye and very grainy.

    If I take pictures outdoors they are very clear.

    Now could it be that I'm shooting in "Auto" mode?

    Be back later with my pictures
     
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    ok cool. I'll post some when I get home. I'm at work and I don't have access to my photography here.

    Looking forward to chatting!!!!!!!!!! :)
     
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    Yes! Sweet! Very close to what I'm talking about!

    Can't wait to get home LOL
     
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    Another thing . . . did you just get the camera? I remember not knowing how to set the settings correctly when I first got mine and thought that there was something wrong with the lens. I highly recommend reading Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson a couple of times (it's a short read) to fully understand your camera's settings. If you want to make sure that it's not the camera's fault, set it to full automatic and take some shots in different lighting conditions, not just indoors.

    Now run home and get us those samples. :)
     
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    Like others have said, examples will certainly help. If the above picture is what yours are looking like, AND you're shooting in auto, it sounds like what you're seeing is "noise." In auto mode, the camera will select the ISO automatically. If it's dark, it will use a higher ISO. The D40 isn't very good for much above ISO 400 without getting "noisy." Welcome, and I'm sure more help is on the way when you have examples :)
     
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    Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
    Camera Model: NIKON D40X
    Image Date: 2009:06:16 00:33:45
    Flash Used: No
    Focal Length: 50.0mm (35mm equivalent: 75mm)
    Exposure Time: 0.050 s (1/20)
    Aperture: f/2.0
    White Balance: Auto
    Metering Mode: Matrix


    doesn't say the iso... but i assumed it's high cuz of all the noise... though really how high does it need to me at f2 1/20
     
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    Noise, what noise?
    [​IMG]
     
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