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Amanda R. Milam

Help ... Blurry Indoor Pics!

My niece has been singing karaoke at a local bowling alley on Friday nights and I need help getting my pictures to come out right. I'm using a Canon digital Rebel XT. The lens that I'm using is the 28-80mm lens that came with the camera. The only light that they leave on is one square ceiling light, and it's almost to the side of where people sing. She's real active during her performance, she jumps around and moves a lot. I can't seem to get any good pics ... all of them are way blurry. Can someone help? What should I set the camera on (ISO, shutter speed, etc.)?

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3/10/2007 4:48:08 PM

Mike Rubin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/15/2004
  Slow shutter speeds will give you blurry shots. To help you better I need to know the f/stop you used and what the lens can open up to.

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3/10/2007 5:05:02 PM

Amanda R. Milam   I had the f-stop at 3.5 ... that's the lowest that it'll go, and that's if I don't zoom at all. I'm thinking about buying a faster lens, but right now I don't have the money. What lens would you recommend?

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3/10/2007 5:22:53 PM

W.    Blurry can be 2 things: camera shake and/or subject movement. Relative to shutter speed. OK, so the 28-80mm is good. Set highest ISO, aperture priority with lowest f/number, use a tripod, and shoot RAW. Then, afterward, look closely at the EXIF tags, and the shutter speeds, and see the relationship with the blurry photos. You may need more light. From an external flashgun. Have fun!

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3/10/2007 5:26:26 PM

Mike Rubin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/15/2004
  Canon makes a 50mm f/1.8 lens, which goes for under $70. It is a bargain and does a great job. I have one and it has saved the day more than once. A lens worth saving for is the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, the 2.8 is constant through the zoom range, the image quality is equal to that of the Canon equivalent but it does not have IS. However, it is under $450! Be aware that you will get noise at the highest ISO, although editing software will help reduce it. Since you say that your niece moves around a lot, a tripod may not help you follow her as easily as hand-holding the camera. A shoe-mounted flash will help.

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3/10/2007 5:40:53 PM

Amanda R. Milam   I may have to check in on the canon lens for under $70. Would this be a good portrait lens? About the grain that a high ISO will cause, I have an older version of Adobe Photoshop, it's probably about 3-4 years old, how to I edit the pictures to reduce the noise?

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3/10/2007 6:08:19 PM

Mike Rubin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/15/2004
  The crop factor on the Canon XT is 1.6, so this will give the 50mm a field of view equal to an 80mm. If you go to my gallery, there is a portrait "Michelle" that I took using that lens. Portraits are my weak point but it will give you an idea of what it can do.
Sorry I can't help you with the PS question, I use Lightroom and Photoshope Elements.I know there are some very good programs for noise reduction such as Noise Ninja, But I do not use any.

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3/10/2007 6:17:00 PM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  bump your iso to 800,then worry about ps.that lens was a nice suggestion,sam

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3/10/2007 6:25:55 PM

France Freeman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/27/2005
  For clubs and concerts I like the results best of combining flash and ambient light. In low light without a tripod and a moving subject low ambient light can leave you with a big blur of an image. Using just flash will correctly expose your subject but can leave you with a harsh lighting and quick with little warmth or sense of motion. Buti If you are close enough to your subject, and you combine flash with the available light, the flash will freeze your subject and give you a sharp image image while dragging your shutter will warm up your image, give you a sense of motion, and bring up more detail throughout the frame. I usually like to drag the shutter from around 1/10-1/60. You'll definitely need to experiment with this technique. Open up your aperture, set a slower corresponding shutter spped, set your flash for your subject, and use the lowest iso that will give you a decent exposure.
Happy shooting!

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3/14/2007 7:33:18 PM

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