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Old Jan 13, 2011, 3:58 PM   #1
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Hi struggling, doing something wrong

I took about 40 pictures, looked okay on the camera lcd.
Got them on the pc and all of the pictures the beak and head looks fuzzy



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Old Jan 13, 2011, 4:04 PM   #2
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Your shutter speed is too slow (1/30). Birds move really fast, so whenever you shoot animals, you need to crank up the shutter speed.
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Try keeping your shutter speed up. The EXIF data shows 1/30 of a second.
Zoomed shots and movement require a higher shutter to freeze the movement. Also be sure to use "spot" focus for the best accuracy in focusing. At least 1/125 or 1/250 is better for moving objects.
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G'day Al

Your pic looks like many of mine - so composition-wise you have done okay
Camera/exposure wise, your image is showing some issues which you have referred to in your post

Looking at the EXIF data, I see that you are shooting with the lens out at 26x zoom - ie nearly 500mm [35mm equiv], you are using ISO-125 and the exposure was at 1/30sec x f4.4

May I suggest several things -
1- go to ISO 400 or even 1600 on cloudy days
2- shoot on "S" and go to 1/500sec or 1/1000sec where possible
3- focus on the body of the bird till the camera beeps, then move upwards slightly to compose the full image

Hope this helps a bit
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Old Jan 13, 2011, 4:43 PM   #5
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Thanks for the tips


Even at iso 800
1/250th the still look fuzzy



Just had a look through

The best ones are are iso 400 / 1/80 sec
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G'day Al

Your pic looks like many of mine - so composition-wise you have done okay
Camera/exposure wise, your image is showing some issues which you have referred to in your post

Looking at the EXIF data, I see that you are shooting with the lens out at 26x zoom - ie nearly 500mm [35mm equiv], you are using ISO-125 and the exposure was at 1/30sec x f4.4

May I suggest several things -
1- go to ISO 400 or even 1600 on cloudy days
2- shoot on "S" and go to 1/500sec or 1/1000sec where possible
3- focus on the body of the bird till the camera beeps, then move upwards slightly to compose the full image

Hope this helps a bit
Regards, Phil
Images taken at over ISO 800 (even 400) will look too grainy with this camera. Try to stay under 400 when outdoors. Also, my eyes tend to go to the face of the subject, so I like to focus on the face rather than the body. Also on cloudy days, try the Cloudy Day WB, it brings out the colors a bit better.
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Thanks for the tips


Even at iso 800
1/250th the still look fuzzy



Just had a look through

The best ones are are iso 400 / 1/80 sec
Are you using Point Focus setting to make sure your camera is focused on your subject and not the surrounding?
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Check to be sure your setting is on the highest resolution when saving JPEGs. Another idea is to do a camera reset. You're right - the shot is out of focus.
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I took this a few days before.

I guess with better light the auto settings work
also an element of luck


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i am no expert but, if u do reset & then again try, may be it will help
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