A&P My pics come way too soft....

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  1. forgotmyname

    forgotmyname Active Member

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    Rebel XT.
    The first time I got the camera, I took a test picture on auto and the picture came out pretty good with dark and strong colors. I took it in auto mode and with flash.

    Now, I am experimenting more on A and P mode and my pictures come way too soft. Is there a setting I can change. Maybe let more light in?
     
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    try a tripod first.
     
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    what shutter speed are you shooting at?

    you should be shooting at 1/60 or faster to ensure no camera shake.

    Can you post an example pic that may help us figure it out?
     
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    if you are shooting wide open it could be a bit soft but no offense you probably would not notice that
     
  5. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    what lens are you using? post an example with the exif data intact and we'll be able to give you better advice.
     
  6. forgotmyname

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    You mean post an unedited picture right?

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    dont know how to use it. if somebody can.

    btw using kit lenses on rebel xt.
     
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    there is no exif information. do you have a jpg straight from the camera?
     
  8. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    well, it seems that host blocks the exif data, but if you are using the kit lens, it is a piece of shit and even worse in low light. between that and the fact that a big part of your photo is horribly underexposed, that would probably be why its soft.
     
  9. forgotmyname

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    Ok this is what I have.

    Camera model: Canon EOS Rebel xT
    F stop: f/5
    Exposure time: 1/8 sec
    ISO Speed: ISO 1600
    Exposure bias: 0 step
    Focal length: 18 mm
    EXIF version: 0221
     
  10. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    1/8 of a second is way to long to handhold, and iso 1600 on an xt is going to be somewhat soft just from the noise. the general rule of thumb is 1/focal length for the minimum to handhold.
     
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    I'll follow this rule from now on. I thought 1/8 was fast enough for handheld photo taking.
     
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    also the angle of which the photo is in, gives me a headache. try not to take any photos at those extreme angles
     
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    Angle of the photo was not my concern. Even it the picture made your head explode, I could care less.
     
  14. Dwight Schrute

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    1/8 is way too slow for handheld. And for you the rule is actually 1 / (focal length * 1.6) because you're using a Canon w/ a crop factor of 1.6.
     
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    id say 1/125 is a good speed to consider the minium for handheld, without the image stablisator. you can go slower but only with practice,
     
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    only ken rockwell can hold it at 1/8. us mere mortal need to keep it a 1/60. :o
     
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    I found using exposure delay helped my long exposures come out sharper on a D80. I think my flimsy tripod was letting the cam vibrate when the mirror moved.
     
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    Don't make enemies here. You also couldn't care less.
     
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    but like stated:

    kit lens
    1/8th sec
    iso 1600
    no flash


    thats a perfect recipe for soft pics.
     

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