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Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Skyburning, Dec 24, 2007.
Boy do I have lots to learn! So much different from a P&S.
That came out nice.
Thanks! It looks so blurry to me though, especially fullsize(before uploaded to photobucket).
I'd take a D40 as a Christmas present. This year I'm getting something cheap (inexpensive rather), like an education version of Leopard from the bookstore at school ($89) or something small like that. Not a lot of money in my family this year, so not a lot to get.
Good work with the D40. It should be a good camera.
I think it looks soft. I tend to believe soft and blur are slightly different. Can you post your shooting data?
Overall the picture is cute, but if you think it's soft or blurry or whatever then knowing your shooting details will certainly help people explain what happened.
I too have recently acquired a D40 and I find I have to often lower the temperature of the image as it's too warm.
I'm sure I just need to change some settings, but man it takes great pics doesn't it?
I recommend Thom Hogan's eBooks for Nikon shooters wanting to learn about their cameras:
Well-worth the $35 IMO.
(I've bought the S2Pro, D200 and D2x versions.)
Funny, I find my D40x to take "cold" photos when I put the white balance in auto.
What setting are you using in white balance?
Remember that in the Menu>White Balance you can select from +3 to -3.
On autofocus/autoexposure, your camera will tend to focus on the bright lights in the field of view. With such dramatic contrast differences, you might be better served using manual settings.
That said, congratulations on your new camera. I also have a D40. Its photographs are superb.
JPEG (8-bit) Normal
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 32mm
Exposure Mode: Shutter Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1.30 sec - F/8
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Normal
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-A
I hope thats what you mean. I was experimenting with the different manual modes and didn't know what I was doing, haha.
Looks like a bit of blur to me with the slow 1.3sec shutter speed. I'm surprised it came out that sharp at 1.3sec... assuming it was handheld (if so, those r some steady hands!).
In lowlight environments like this, try shooting with a larger aperture (lower f-number) and increased ISO sensitivity (higher ISO number). This will allow you to use a faster shutter speed, thus reducing blur due to camera shake.
hey man no fair! i was going to start a thread like this too bad mine didn't come until the friday after x-mas.
I bought a D40 as a personal Xmas present - to supplement the socks my wife bought me ;-) - and have been knocked out by the quality of the pics you can get out of it. I am a complete newbie to SLR's so this is one huge experiment for me and I'm loving the journey.
Here is a pic from my first day out with the camera....