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Blurry pictures Hi...I use the camera for wildlife photography a lot. Mostly birds. I find that more often than not, the camera focuses on branches or leaves in front of or behind the bird instead of the bird itself. I've also had blurry pictures result when taken in bright sunshine where lighting wasn't an issue. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks Jeanne

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Re: Blurry pictures

Try differential focus That is point to something near the distance you want- half depress the button -turn to subject complete the press down Bear in mind that if the subject is really close to the view finder is not looking where the focus window is-Parallax- learn to shift you frame slightly to allow for this.

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My Panasonic Lumix® DMC-ZS3 will not focus properly. All pictures are blurry. Anyone know what might be the problem?

Try checking your settings or menu for a vibration sensor or changing the focus. You might also be using the wrong setting, like indoor, when you're at the beach. You can also change the quality of the pictures and if you are taking still photography or movement.

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Sony Cyber-shot takes lots of blurry pictures in

first thing you can do is to try reverting cam back to factory do that initialize the's under menu>setup settings>main settings1>initialize. after initializing,set cam to auto adjustment mode (green camera icon in mode dial). what to avoid when taking pictures:
1.subject too close (use macro if needed)
2.insufficient light
3.subject movement movement (that's caused by you)
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5.incorrect camera operation
btw, before you take a picture,press the shutter button halfway down first to give the cam ample time to'll see a flashing green indicator on the screen that means cam is focusing.when the indicator stops blinking cam is ready for the shutter button all the your picture.if still blurry, you may try changing iso (for dark or fast moving subject, note:the greater value the noisier the picture gets), metering mode and focus settings by going to the shooting menu (press menu when your in P or program mode). hope this helps.tnx:)

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Flash phtography....need advice

Some cameras have a problem focusing in lower light settings. If they don't have enough light to focus, the pictures will come out blurry almost every time. You can try a few things. Some cameras have a 1/2 way setting on the shutter button, that forces the camera to try to focus, and then a green indicator will come on the screen when it's ready to shoot. Another option is to set the camera to manual focus (if there are options for it). Another fix is to add more background lighting, to allow the camera to focus easier. I've heard a lot of people complaining about the same problem- it's pretty common with today's digital cameras.

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Canon rebel xsi, using 75-300 lens, taking photos of basketball game, pictures are blurry, especially the ones in "action" using the sports mode. also tried my 18-55 IS lens, same thing happening, using...

That's a big lens and for sports photography you are going to need a lot of light to ensure you can use a fast shutter speed to capture the action. Sports mode may do too much for you and you might want to try switching to a more manual mode. Try switching to Tv mode which gives shutter speed priority. Set the shutter speed to something around 1/150 or higher (1/200) which should be fast enough to freeze the action. Make sure the ISO is set to 200 or 400 for best results and see how you get on. This should stop any action based blur which would leave you with focus problems if the pictures are still blurry. Check out for info on what this camera can really do for you

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Hi This is Mac from bangalore. Recently i bought a Nikon D80. I love to take wildlife & nature photography. what lens can u suggest. i already have a 18-135mm lens that came as a kit. would be great if...

Mac, you will depending on the type of wildlife you are wanting to photograph you will probably need something marked with at least 300mm on it. Nikon have lenses in this range at different price levels. I suggest that you maybe look at the 75 - 300mm, from memory it has VR on it... important for use at the 300 mm setting to help reduce camera shake. Cheers Ian

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Blurry Images

The camera display is a two-stage progressive display. The image is roughed out, then the interleaving lines are filled in. This has no effect on the image itself, just the monitor display. Apart from the media, digital photography is the same as film photography, and subject to the same challenges and requires the same time-honored techniques. If your pictures are blurry, you may be shaking the camera. Practice holding the camera firmly to your eye, and squeeze (don't poke) the shutter release. If you are holding the camera at arms length to shoot - what can I say? You can also increase the ISO speed, so that the shutter speed is faster. You may not be focusing on the right area. Focus on the subject (line up the box in the viewfinder), particularly on the eyes, by pressing half-way on the shutter release. Holding, to lock the focus, re-point the camera to compose the picture before pressing the shutter release the rest of the way. Make sure you hold the shutter release and wait the 1/2 second or so for the exposure to complete (the 5700 is painfully slow), indicated by the "green" light in the eyepiece, before whipping the camera from your face.

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Why do my Fun! Digital 320 pictures come out blurry?

Blurry images can be caused by any or all of the following: * Distance/Focus range -- the Fun! Digital 320 has a fixed focus range of 3 - 6 feet (1.8 meters) for brightly lit indoor photography, 3 ft. (1 meter) - infinity for outdoor photography. For best results, make sure that the camera is at least 3 feet away from the subject(s) when taking pictures. * Camera/Subject movement -- This is a common cause of blurriness, especially in low-light situations (see Lighting below). Hold the camera as steadily as possible while taking a photo, or use a tripod (a tripod mount is located on the bottom of the camera). Avoid subjects that are in motion. * Insufficient lighting -- the Fun! Digital 320 is designed for taking photos outdoors or in brightly lit environments. Inadequate lighting can exaggerate camera movement and contribute to blurred, "muddied," or uncrisp images. * Lens condition -- Check the lens periodically for smudges. If necessary, wipe the lens clean with a soft, lint-free cloth. Do not use cleaning solutions or chemically treated tissues. * Enlarging images using software -- otherwise normal digital images can appear to become blurry and/or blotchy when over-enlarged in software. To see an image's "true" appearance, use the software's Zoom In or Zoom Out feature to view it at 100%.

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H1 - blurry/soft pictures

I'm afraid this is more a learning curve in general photography :-) I know I also fell into that pit, after so many years of 35mm usage!, by believing at first that "digital" can do it all, well it can't fool general laws of photography/optics :-) .. once one has mastered that, things have a tendency to go a lot smoother :-)

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Blurry Pictures

There are several factors that can contribute to getting better focus and improved results. 1. Auto Focus / Auto Exposure lock. Press the shutter button down HALF WAY. The camera will attempt to adjust exposure to the current lighting environment for maximum benefit. Then the camera will automatically correct the focus based on objects in the center of the display. If the camera can automatically set the focus and exposure, the LED by the viewfinder will turn GREEN. If the camera can not adjust the settings automatically, the LED will turn RED. This process usually takes about two to three seconds. 2. Be sure not to cover the sensor on the front of the camera with your finger. This will disable the automatic focus and exposure controls. 3. Only us the MACRO MODE (Flower Icon) for CLOSE-UP photography. Be sure to use MACRO MODE if you are taking pictures of an object at less than six inches away. Using MACRO MODE improperly will result in poor focus. 4. Rely on the Rear LCD Display. When in doubt, trust the LCD. The LCD will display the subject more accurately than the viewfinder. This will help with "framing" the subject, or determining if you have enough light for proper exposure. 5. Motion can cause a "blur" effect. Either motion of the subject, or motion by the photographer. This phenomenon is just like traditional photography. Moving objects may appear to blur, and this will be even more evident in lower lighting situations as the shutter speed slows down to allow for more light. The shutter will react faster in bright light, and motion will not be as apparent.

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