Nikon D80

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  1. JJUK

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    Hi,
    My name is JJ i am 17 from the UK. I love taking pictures and have been using a Olympus FE-190 for the last year or so.

    Last Christmas i was bought a Nikon D80 now my knowledge of DSLR Camera's are crap so can anyone give me any tips or tricks to do with a Nikon D80 please. Also when i take photos in night mode i am very shakey and the photo's go blurry even with a tripod is there anyway i can stop this until i get a remote control ?

    By the way here is a photo i took of my Choc Labrador.

    Thanks in advance

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    Cute picture, but my advice would be to take your dog outside or to the park. A better location could make this shot less "snapshotty".

    To reduce camera shake with a tripod, try setting the self-timer on 2 seconds or more. Then your problem should be solved.

    Good luck with your photography. :biggrin:
     
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    Thanks RKW3,
    OK i will try that and thank you for the feedback.

    I have tried outside but they don't seem as good.
     
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    You will get there eventually. It takes time and a litlle bit of your will. As the wise word states: When there is a will there is a way, am I right?

    Beside, your Choc Labrador won't complain in never ending posing. I am sure she won't hurry you to produce good shot, and I am sure she won't say: I don't have all day dude.:lol:

    Anyway say hello to Choc.
     
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    If you're shooting at night on a tripod, you need to use the delayed shutter release on the camera. It'll let the vibrations settle out from hitting the shutter before starting to take the picture. You can also get the nifty $15 ML-L3 wireless shutter release which works great. If you have a VR lens, make sure VR is turned OFF on a tripod also.
     
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    If you don't know already up the ISO for for night time, manual focus, and make the shutter speed fast and you should be fine.
     
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    Why is that? I would expect that it wouldn't matter either way when using a tripod.
     
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    Straight out of the manual for the 70-200mm AF-S VR f/2.8

    "When the lens is mounted on a tripod, set the vibration reduction ON/OFF switch to OFF. However, set the switch to ON when using a tripod without securing the tripod head, or when using a monopod."

    Reason being (I think) is that the VR motor will continue to try to reduce vibration and actually cause camera shake when secured down.
     
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    Yes, correct. VR algorithms are tuned to eliminate natural shake, but when you secure the thing down the side effect is that it actually adds blur to your photo. There was a thread with some actual examples of this awhile back, right after Christmas I think.
     
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    But he's got a tripod, so the lowest ISO with a slower shutter speed is what you want for the best results.
     
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    Not all tripods are equal. Make sure you don't get something cheap as that will add to the camera shake.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback everyone. I will try everything which everyone has posted above and just see which one works best. once again thank you very much
     

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