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Jun 26, 2010 10:33 as a reply to  @ post 10430163 |  #16

Noise Ninja or Noiseware, can take out excess noise when bumping ISO......There really isn't any way to remove motion blur or camera shake. I don't own your model camera but I suspect for any normal sized print you'll be just fine with the noise level, even without noise reduction.

Noiseware does a better job of removing noise without a lot of tuning. Noise Ninja can be better if you are willing to tune it a bit. If I am removing light noise I'll just pass it through the default settings in Noiseware. If I have a particularily difficult noise job to tackle I'll try fiddling with both and see which does the better job.

If you'd have been shooting at 1/500 and ISO 800 or 1600 I think your results would have been a lot better. The bottom line is don't be reluctant to push the ISO.

Remember, people weren't born knowing this stuff. I've ruined a lot of pictures learning exactly the lesson you learned here. Try some experimenting around the house with different settings. That way you'll be ready for your next graduation, or similar, shoot.




  
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Jun 26, 2010 11:04 |  #17

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Remember, people weren't born knowing this stuff. I've ruined a lot of pictures learning exactly the lesson you learned here. Try some experimenting around the house with different settings. That way you'll be ready for your next graduation, or similar, shoot.

Now that's the TRUTH! :p


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Jun 26, 2010 11:12 |  #18

Snydremark wrote in post #10430163 (external link)
It sounds like you're struggling with some of the "hows and whys" of exposure. I would suggest some reading, such as Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson.

Sure, if the OP were using a 30 year old manual Nikon film camera. The sticky articles on this site are far more useful for modern gear.


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Jun 26, 2010 11:50 |  #19

HKGuns wrote in post #10430245 (external link)
Remember, people weren't born knowing this stuff. I've ruined a lot of pictures learning exactly the lesson you learned here. Try some experimenting around the house with different settings. That way you'll be ready for your next graduation, or similar, shoot.

Well said. There are a lot of good essays on digital exposure as well as other aspects of digital photography. Google "digital exposure" and one of the very best will be the first. I go back to it often. :)


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Jun 26, 2010 12:17 |  #20

what brand of UV filter are you using?...if it's a cheap one...watch out that could be it right there...

also what focus mode were you using?

putting the lens on a tripod isn't really going to help you out...you've got IS that'll compensate for any shake you do so your shutter speeds should've been fine...there may be subject motion blur, but a tripod's not going to stop that...

my suggestion...it's probably the filter


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Jun 26, 2010 12:37 |  #21

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So I guess the only way to have fiexed this was to move the ISO up? But I don't see if it was so bright outside why I would have to up the ISO so much?

It appears that most of your pictures are backlit by the sun, so all the people's features are in shadow. Since you want to expose the faces properly you would have to bump the ISO to get the proper exposure.


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Jun 26, 2010 15:21 |  #22

adgjqetuo wrote in post #10429897 (external link)
So at 250mm focal length I shouldn't be any slower then 1/400th?

How do I compensate for the dark pictures without raising the ISO?

this is correct, nothing under 1/400, though you have IS so you can go a bit under but if you want to rule the lens out completely then stay there. only way to fix this without raising ISO is getting a faster lens, an f/4 or f/2.8


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Jun 28, 2010 03:09 |  #23

Shutter speeds of 1/250 with an IS lens and slowly walking or moving subject should be fine. I am not terribly stable and I could have done it with 1/100 with this lens. IN my view, these look like missed focus. Did you pick your own AF points? Did you use one shot or AI-Servo AF mode?


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Jun 28, 2010 03:36 |  #24

You know, something that occurs to me is that the OP may be too hasty in using the IS, in combination with less-stable shooting technique. The IS works if you leave the shutter button half-pressed for a bit (or the rear button) but it's best to wait until you see the effects in the viewfinder, which can take a little bit. Just pointing the camera and quickly shooting will likely defeat the function of the IS. So, maybe hasty shooting is the culprit here!


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Jun 28, 2010 10:45 |  #25

Got any exif data for us to see? It really looks like motion blur but at 1/200 with IS on slow moving subjects to rules out motion blur and hand shake.


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