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I purchased a d80 recently and took about 2,000 shots at an outdoor music festival virtually 90% of them came out with poor image quality, i was shooting in "fine" mode and alternated my settings primarily from portrait, auto, P, settings- example i was taking a picture of a trombone player wearing a white shirt and black pants, when you look at the black, it looks like scatter multicolored pixels, like an image taken with a 2 megapixel camera from 500ft away and then enlarged. I was taking the shot about 10ft away, essentially all of the photo had this multicolored pixel look. 18-55 kit nikon, 70-300vr nikon lenses. I've taken other photos and not had this happen. Help!

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Hey mcgeedds,
What you’re seeing is probably what is called digital noise. At low levels of light the sensor in the camera that records the image shares data from one pixel to the ones adjacent to it which causes digital noise. The way to fix this is either make sure your noise reduction setting is turned on, or get a powerful off camera flash that has the power and coverage capabilities to light the subject at the distance you are from your subject. Noise reduction on average should double your exposure time requiring you to use a tripod in most cases. Also pay attention to your iso setting if it is too high this can also cause digital noise in your images. I almost never shoot with a higher iso that 400. I hope this helps.

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