Wrong aperature maybe? Pixelated photo.


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Jun 17, 2024
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I took some photos outside, on a semi cloudy day, with sun poking through. It was at a baseball game of my son's.
This photo was taken from a bit far away maybe but nothing too crazy. I am using a Canon EOS 80D and a 70-300 mm ~NANO USM lens.

What am I doing wrong to not get the crisp and super clear photos?

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I can see that your iso is way up without looking up your camera spec’s I would say you were pushing the limits of resolution at that iso.
The image seems to have a lot of noise
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Just looked at the spec;s for your camera... you were near to top end of iso
I can understand the settings.
Anyway hope you carry on posting images
You might check out Topaz DeNoise
Or drop the shutter speed to 1/500 or 1/1000. Could also open that aperture, wide open would be fine here. ✅
I was thinking in terms of fixing this particular image...
What sort of mode were you shooting in, were you completely in manual? When I'm shooting sports or anything that moves pretty quickly I generally just define my shutter speed and let the camera sort my iso & aperture, I think it's called shutter priority on Canon bodies (it's been a year or so since I owned one, but I think that's right). The bonus here is that you'll also get more consistent exposure if the sun is going in and out of clouds too.

As has been mentioned, set the shutter speed somewhere near 1/500 and 1/1000 and get shooting!

It looks like your son is walking in this shot and the one thing that I thought may have caused the softness is he just moved out of the focus area as you were taking it. Double check your focus mode so that's it's in continuous (Al servo on Canon), use zones instead of single points and use back button focusing.

Doing all of the above greatly improved my keeper rate when it comes anything moving.
Did you have a filter on the front of the lens?
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It looks like the focus fell slightly behind the subject. See if you can discover why that happened. As mentioned by @Jonesy83 , try continuous focus mode so the camera stays locked on the subject.


I don't see a big problem with noise. The ISO is high but not too high. I agree the shutter speed is unnecessarily high, but I don't see it as the problem here.

You have side lighting here and some lens flare (stray light) and that is affecting the blacks in the image. Were you using a lens hood? The pic would be better if the lighting was more from the front. I know you can't always control that.
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An aperture of 5.6 or so and a shutter speed of 1/250 would've frozen the slight movement and allowed a much, much lower ISO. It would've also created better background separation.
I thought maybe you would like someone to edit the photograph for you.

1. Iso noise reduced with dxo software.
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2. Iso noise reduced with noise>reduce noise (Photoshop).
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I also used color balance in Photshop to bring in some blues :p It matched the color of the houses.

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