A&P So today was my first day taking pictures with the D50

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  1. FusionZ06

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    I left it on P the majority of the time and auto focus.

    The middle focus bracket was the only one darkened the whole time I was shooting. I guess the setting I was using is single area AF. So now I just changed it to Dynamic area. Which one is better to use?

    Also as for auto-focus do I want it on AF-A, AF-S or AF-C?

    I also left the flash level on 0.0 as I was taking pics outside all day.

    It was really sunny I was taking pictures with the sun to my back and here is how a few pics turned out...

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    Now granted I was shooting in Raw Large mode and put these into photoshop not touching up anything.

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    The colors just don't look to bright or something just doesn't look right.

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    This one just doesn't seem that crisp or sharp.

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    Help a n00b out I have read the manual numerous times I just get easily confused.

    I also installed the picture project software with nikon but all the pictures look like shit...almost like they have a SEPIA tone to them all. Any idea what would cause that?

    I know this post is rather long but thanks in advance.

    It also seemed that the further back I got the crappier the pictures got if that makes sense...
     
  2. FusionZ06

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    Oh yeah best one I took with touching up in photoshop

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  3. Jimmycrackcorn

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    Were you using a tripod of "freehanding" it?
     
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    All free handing it. Do you think that matters?
     
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    Yes. It matters if you want REALLY crisp or sharp pics.
     
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    Interesting so if I want really crisp sharp pictures even in sunlight I am going to have to go with a tripod.
     
  7. mojito

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    if thats a Raw image it still needs to be adjusted and sharpened in PS
     
  8. Jimmycrackcorn

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    Not totally true, but it doesn't hurt. Tripod & remote > freehanding any shot.
     
  9. natelam

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    Let me make this easy to explain.

    If you take a really long stick, and hold it straight out, if you move your hand a little, the far end will move a LOT! In terms of physics - the torque is greater when the lever arm is longest.

    In camera terms, the farther away you are, the more vibrations are likely to reduce the overall "sharpness". Also, since you're shooting in P mode, Nikon D50/70 has a tendency to slow the shutter speed rather than widening aperature. So if you were far away and zooming in, the camera requires more light, and it will likely compensate by slowing the shutter speed - hence another place where "blurriness" occurs.
     
  10. Pineapple Devil

    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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    very point & shoot
     
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    Fusion, everyone is different, but generally shutter speeds faster than 1/250 (when shooting stationary objects) are not affected by normal handshake (I don't mean violent or intentional handshake).

    Sharpness is affected by a ton of different variables, aside from operator erros including handshake, all lenses have their "sweet spots" at different aperatures and focal lengths.

    Most consumer lenses tend to be weak at the extreme wide and long ends, and have optimal sharpness between f5.6 and f11. Professional quality lenses are crafted with more precision, and thus the sweet spots are over a greater range (hopefully throughout for as much as we pay for them!). Other things that affect "sharpness" are the general exposure itself, light greatly affects how the image is captured on your CCD, proper exposure gives your camera the best chance of capturing things, and will make a contribution to the clarity of the image.

    Focal length affects the sharpness as I described to you earlier the more you are zoomed in (greater focal length), the more effect vibrations and handshake will have on the image.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    also try not to get your shadows in the shots :o
     
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    Yeah, shadows had a big impact on the "feel" of these pictures, which is hard to tell because your brain immediately ignores shadows, but really, they're patches of blackness in your pictures whether you see it consciously or not.
     
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    i think he's talking about the shadow of the guys head in pic 3
     
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    Scoot up, don't stand back and zoom. Get up and shoot.
     
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    Am I seeing things or is the D50 having the same problems as the D70 was when it first came out... Look at the brake vent. I dont remember what it was called now though..
     
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    moire... thats what it's called
     
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    What the...
     
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    remove yourself from the photos and you won't look like such a noob. also, shooting with direct sunlight isn't the best. early morning, late afternoon or overcast days are the best times to shoot, especially car photos.
     
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    explain what you mean...
     
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    You are so very helpful.
     
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    Yeah I was zoomed in for a lot of those pictures and I can see why it would look worse that way. I am also just using the kit lens for now. I will be researching a new lens this week. I'm not sure what the shutter speed was on when I was taking those pictures. I'll have to check.
     
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    Thanks for the advice I honestly think I was zooming way to much. :(
     
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    Hmm really? Wow I was always under the impression that the more light the better but what do I know :hsd: I am definitely a n00b so take it easy on me :hs:
     
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    Also are there any benefits of me shooting in RAW as opposed to jpeg fine?
     

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