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Tara R. Swartzendruber
 

help - photo differences


 
  #28
#28
f4, 1/160, ISO 320,28 mm, Nikon D80 with 18-135 lens, slight fill flash
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  #29
#29
f4, 1/160, ISO 320,28 mm, Nikon D80 with 18-135 lens, slight fill flash
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OK, I'm just generally confused. Sometimes I get nice sharp photos, and sometimes they are so grainy. I've tried to figure out why (lens, camera, ISO, shake, etc...) but can't find a common ground. Is this just normal to have some that are not so sharp. I'm posting 2 phots, taken in the same location, same camera settings, just a few seconds apart. On the first one #28 is soft/fuzzy and the second ond #29 is sharper. What am I not getting????


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8/26/2009 7:42:37 PM

 
Bojan Bencic
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  It appears that the focus on #28 is on the bush behind, not the faces.
Make sure that the auto focus locks on the target before you shoot - maybe use central point focus on the target and then recompose the shot.
Or, you can try manual focus if auto focus has trouble locking on your target.
Hope it helps, Bojan


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8/27/2009 12:58:45 AM

 
Tara R. Swartzendruber  
 
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ISO 320, 1/160, f4
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Thanks, I see that. I'm going to upload another one from the same shoot where it looks like the focus ended up on the tree beside the kids. My camera is generally set for "single area focus" and center weighted metering for portraits. Is this wrong? I can understand why it probably locked on the leaf instead of the kids (should I have focused specifically on one of their faces, then recomposed?), but why did it choose the tree when the kids are in the center of this photo?
So I guess I have multiple questions! Thanks!!!


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8/29/2009 8:04:37 AM

 
Sarah G   Make sure the "single area focus" is on the kids and not on the tree. You can change the location of the focus by using the multi selector.

Page 30 of your D80 manual --

http://www.nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals/noprint/D80_noprint.pdf


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8/29/2009 12:24:43 PM

 
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