I was getting great pics in the day time with the extended lens. now when it starts to get dark, i get blurry, not good pics. i purchased a extended flash, but it doesnt work. i am trying to take football pics of my son in action on the field. last year i got great pics with the extended lens on the action pics, but this year we are playing later in the evenging and as soon as the lights come on, i get blurred pics. i changed the settings to dark in the back round, it helped a little with the clarity, but the blurry with the action gets worse. what can i try to improve my pics. let me know if you need examples of the pics, on how they are coming out. i can photofix them to lighten them, but i cant fix the blurry pics---or what ever is happening to them. thank you for any assistance
What you are experiencing is not blur, its camera shake. You are shooting in low light so the shutter speed is being reduced by the camera's automatic features. Also the longer the lens (the farther you zoom), the higher the shutter speed you need. Even for non moving objects or when panning the shutter speed should be at least one stop above the focal length. ie - 300mm lens = 500 or 1000 shutter AT LEAST! (and don't forget, if its a film lens on your rebel, thats actually
300mm x 1.6 =480mm, so 1000 shutter or higher min.) Moving objects require even faster shutters. Solutions: Get faster (also called brighter) lenses which can be pricey. In low light use higher iso settings in the camera menu. Shoot in either manual or Tv mode and choose the higher shutter speeds while using the light meter to decide aperture. Use wider angle lenses or back off the zoom and move closer. Stabilizers built into the lens can steady the shot by two to four times as well.
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You want the fastest shutter speed you can get and the largest aperture possible. If you're close enough and it's allowed, use the flash. The flash will freeze the action. However, it's likely to give you a dark background instead of a blurry background. If not, use the Aperture Priority mode. Open the lens to its maximum aperture (smallest f/number). This will give you the fastest shutter speed for the existing lighting conditions. The fast shutter speed will freeze the action and the large aperture will blur the background, though the amount of freezing may be limited if the lighting is relatively dark, as in a high school gym. Be aware that if you're shooting indoors you're going up against the laws of physics. The human eye can adapt much better than any camera. A high school gym will appear light enough once you've been inside for a few minutes, but it is much, much darker than a bright day outdoors.
ok try changing the pic size your saving your photos as. 4 x 6 is standard. also the more you use the digital zoom the more blurry its going to get. also the subject matter your trying to take pics of may be the problem. try changing your menu functions to sports or action. i am not sure if this helps any but this seems to be the main faults to blurry images other than dirty lenses or film over the lens.
There is no good solution for this. There's only a limited amount of light indoors.
First, you need the widest aperture you can get on your lens. You can get this by going to the Aperture-priority (A) mode.
Even so, you're shutter speed will most likely be too slow to freeze the action. You can combat this somewhat by raising the ISO. This will increase the noise, but I'd prefer a noisy picture to a blurry picture.
That still probably won't get you great pictures. Since you probably can't rig more floodlights in the gym, you'll be limited to using your flash if the action is taking place close enough to you (and if flash is permitted).
You can gain an additional stop or two with faster lenses, but such lenses can cost more than $2000. Unless _Sports Illustrated_ is paying for your pictures, that's probably not an option at this time.
I realize this doesn't really solve your problem. Unfortunately, as I stated up front, there is no good solution.
I'm having the same problem with my Panasonic Lumix camera. A year of perfectly clear photos, and now, even after a cleaning, is taking consistently blurry photos. I'm a photographer. I know about half-depressed shutters, focusing on objects, etc. What is wrong with my camera?!?
The first thing you need to determine....
Is it your or the camera?
You need to take a series of shots with your camera sitting on a tripod.
If you do not have a tripod, sit the camera on a solid surface.
Camera movement is the number one cause of blurred photos.
A few tips:
When you punch down the shutter button ... that can move the camera just as the picture is taken.
Dont ''punch'' down the shutter button.
Hold the camera in such a manner that you are squeezing the shutter button between your forefinger and thumb.
When you are using the LCD to frame the shot, you have your arms extended in front of you. This invites camera movement.
Instead, use the viewfinder and make sure that the camera is pressed against your face.
Your head is steadier that two outstreatched arms.
For added stability, lean your shoulder against a pole, tree, building, or other solid object.
When taking flash pictures remember, that flash only covers so much area.
The CX7530 is rated for 11.8 feet if you are not using optical zoom.
It is rated for only 6.9 feet if you are using optical zoom.
If your subject(s) are beyond those distances, you will get a dark photo.
When shooting in dim light and not using flash, the camera will select a slow shutter speed.
You must use a tripod or sit the camera on a solid surface.