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  1. dukeboy1977

    dukeboy1977 TPF Noob!

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    I was finally outside taking photos with my camera ON MY TRIPOD, so I was a little excited to be using it for the 1st time since buying it. I got what I thought were some awesome pics of my (future) wife and my 13 month old son with a bottle of bubbles. When I came to my computer a few minutes ago to post them, I got really disturbed by looking at them on my computer. I used my 55-200mm NIKON lens with the lens hood...What a mistake using the lens hood! Not enough light got to my sensor and they are all kinda "grainy" looking...WTF?!?!? We were outside and it was not really sunny out, but I felt it was bright enough not to make them turn out like this. Any ideas why they did? I'll post a few here but I'm really disappointed in them!

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    All pics are "shot" in JPEG FINE. 6.1mp is the best my D40 will do
     
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    I'm not sure how to pull EXIF info from posted photos, so I'll just ask.

    What kind of settings were these taken on? In particular, what was your iso set to?
     
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    I don't suppose you remember trivial things like ... uhm, aperture, shutter, and iso, do you?
     
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    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Why the tripod?

    What mode were you shooting in? Auto?

    I see you had a shutter of 1/160, f/16. That is a very high f/ stop, and not needed if you are doing portraits. Portraits are nicer with a blurry background (DOF / bokeh), which is achieved partially with a low f/, such as 2.8, 4.0.

    What was your ISO?

    I see that you also had an EV of -1. So why are you telling your camera to under expose by 1 stop?
     
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    Oh jeez. f/16? ISO was probably on the moon.
     
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    I was shooting in shutter mode, trying different things with my camera since I used to use only pre-programmed settings. Should I have used Aperture mode instead? I'll try that next time I get to use my camera. I didn't attempt to use a high f/stop or underexpose anything. I got more to learn I guess
     
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    And to the OP, would be nice for people reading your threads if you posted the images in the right orientation. :)
     
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    "ISO Setting 1,3200"

    Well there's 'yer problem. ISO 3200 is a little teensy tiny tad bit ENORMOUS. If I were you I wouldn't ever venture past ISO 800 on a D40. Honestly I wouldn't even venture past ISO 400. Open up that aperture to around f/8 and drop the ISO to 100/200.
     
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    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    The beauty of preset setting and auto ISO!
     
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    Wow...ok...that explains the grainyness. The under exposure is the EV -1.

    On a D40, I wouldnt go over 400.

    Keep your ISO as low as possible and up it only as your last resort.
     
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    The lens hood has nothing to do with how much light falls onto the sensor. It is there to block light from causing lens flare, which are reflections on the elements in the lens.

    As others are indicating the shutter speed, f stop and -1 EV had all to do with how the photos came out as does the ISO.

    Start back at square 1 and get the camera back to "normal" settings - try ISO at 200, 0 EV. And try aperture priority mode and see how that works.
     

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