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Old Oct 16, 2012, 11:00 PM   #1
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I am a new member am using Nikon D50 for several years now, but not effectively am using Nikon 18-200m VR lens and also have Nikon18-55mm and Sigma 70-300mm.I am not satisfied with photo's i take due to many reasons including my poor knowledge on photography.
I did few courses on photography including practical class and online.
I want to move next level on photography. Please suggest:
any course which would improve my skill
i would like to buy prime lens for better portrait - suggest the right one to buy

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Old Oct 17, 2012, 2:30 AM   #2
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Can you be more specific about what you are not statisfied with in your work?
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Thanks for your reply.I was told to use fixed lens instead of zoom for sharp photo's.I have only zoom lens.I do not know this would help to improve the quality of photo's.
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can i suggest you post an example and we maybe able to help more
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Old Oct 21, 2012, 3:02 PM   #5
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Thanks for your reply.I was told to use fixed lens instead of zoom for sharp photo's.I have only zoom lens.I do not know this would help to improve the quality of photo's.
usualy a fixed lens will give a sharper image, so you were told correctly
but it might also be your settings on the camera thats causing the images to be disapointing.
post some examples like the guys said.
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Old Oct 21, 2012, 3:43 PM   #6
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For the most part, yes, prime (fixed focal length) lenses are sharper than zoom (variable focal length) lenses, but there are exceptions to every rule.
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Lack of sharpness can be cause by a number of things. You should determine what the problem is before buying a new lens and possibly being disappointed, if that is not your problem.
The Camera: If the lack of sharpness occurs with all your lenses, and at all focal lengths, it is more likely a camera problem than the lens.You say you have been using it for 'several years'. Have you examined the sensor recently to determine if there is dust or haze? A good cleaning may be the solution to your problem.
The Lens: If the problem is with one lens, then that is almost certainly the problem. I don't have any experience with the Nikon lenses, but do use the Sigma 70-300mm on my Pentax, and have found it (the newer versions may be better) to be somewhat soft at focal lengths over 200mm (in telephoto- the macro mode doesn't seem to have the problem)
The Photographer: If the problems occur under certain conditions, such as low light, or general indoor shots, you may need to adjust your settings, use flash, or tripod, to get sharp photos.
As others have mentioned, please post examples of problem photos, and we will be better able to help.

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Can't see what you posted, showing as red "x". For multiple photos in the same post, I usually use a 3rd party like photobucket and just paste the links.

You said several classes, both local and online. What was the focus of the class. So many of them are "this is how you use your camera (that you just bought)." Look for ones that focus on specific photographic tasks, homework to apply, and critique at the next class. Another possible solution - are there any photoclubs in your area. With the common interest, many of the senior member will help/mentor other members.

A coworker of mine inherited a D50 and the photos were dark, underexposed. I took a look at it, attempting to adjust some of the settings.
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