Messed up taking photos with my new Nikon D3000

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  1. eagleguy

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    Just spent the last day taking what I though would be excellent pictures of my sons football game with my new toy. To my dismay everything I took whether moving or standing still is blurry (out of focus). Not totaly bad but enough to make me mad! Set the camera to sports mode with my 55/200 mm DX/AF/VR lens and thought everything would be fine. WRONG! Then I switched to the 18-55 lens (same VR) for regular photos and guess what Out of Focus again! I can see and hear the auto focus engaging but still bad shots. What did I do?????????? Help!!
     
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    Check your autofocus points. Sounds like the camera was focusing on the wrong thing.
     
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    Are manual focus shots out of focus, too? There could be a problem with the lens mount of the camera.
     
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    Post a couple of the 'bad' images here along with the full EXIF data; very hard to make a diagnosis without seeing the patient.
     
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    What is exif data?
     
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    This happened to me when I took some shots at a football game, turns out it was a little bit of moisture built up in front of my lens. All my shots probably looked like yours. I think you should post some of your photos and the EXIF to go along with it.

    better luck next time
     
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    Wanted to upload some photos but don't see how?
     
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    You should host them on photobucket or flickr. It's free.
     
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    if you use firefox go to where the photo is hosted (flickr, photobucket, etc.), right click, copy image location, paste here with [​IMG] after it.

    if you dont have firefox most online photo hosting sites have an option to get the link to the pic (as opposed to the whole folder of pictures), once you have it use the [​IMG] tags.
     
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    What type of camera are you using
    did you set the camera to fast shutter speed 1/400 or more with a aperture of at least 5.6
     
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    It sounds like you don't have a fast enough lens to me. You are going to be hard pressed to get anything of decent quality with a kit lens if the game was low lit at all. Were these day or evening pics? Maybe cranking up your ISO will help you out, but between your subject moving and hand-shake you are going to get the type of images you got with night shots.
     

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