I am taking shots in a continuous light room, of items. I was using 800 or 1600 ISO, with a tripod. I never got the shake warning but had alot of noise in the pictures. Was told to not go over 200 ISO because of the noise. The problem now is whatever setting I use the green square gives me the go ahead but the camera shake warning shows up. Don't know what I am doing wrong. Please help Thank you
The camera shake icon is not 'smart' in that it doesn't actually measure camera shake, simply when shutter speeds drop below a certain level it will start to give you the warning. If the camera is on a tripod (and the subject is also stationary) you should use the absolute lowest ISO (ISO80 on the A650) to get the best results. Also, use the 2-second self-timer mode so that your pressing-the-shutter-button doesn't introduce shake to the photo (the camera will wait 2 seconds before taking the picture - long enough for all vibrations to stop). If the room is very dark (needing exposures longer than 1second), I recommend you use Tv mode to unlock the even-slower shutter speeds.
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Are you sure SR is off?
Shake Reduction worsens your image quality if shooting over 200mm focal length.
Shake Reduction also affects negatively your images if the camera is placed firmly on a support (tripod, monopod, rock, table, whatever).
There could be any number of issues, unfortunately, your problem description doesn't give enough information, but here are some ideas.
Likely, the culprit is either a problem with focus or a problem with camera shake. In either case, brighter light and/or using a flash should help as auto focus works better in bright light and the shutter speed is faster in bright light. (With a faster shutter speed, there is less time for the camera to move while the image is recorded).
If using auto focus, be sure that the focus point illuminates on your main subject.
Many point & shoot cameras have an indicator if the shutter speed is too slow for a hand-held shot (typically occurs with low light). If this is indicated, then use a tripod (or brace your arms/elbows to make a human tripod) or increase the ISO of the camera (may have to go to manual mode) to avoid camera shake. Holding the camera at arm's length to look at the display while taking the picture is a recipe for camera shake & blurry pictures. You can rest the camera on a shelf and use the timer so that your hand motion pressing the shutter button isn't an issue. If using an SLR, ensure that the shutter speed is faster than the reciprocal of the focal length. That is, for a 100 mm lens, the shutter speed should be faster than 1/100th of a second.
Night shots without flash will cause your camera to use a slower shutter speed. This can cause camera shake. To avoid this, put your camera on a tripod. Also, you can raise the ISO to a higher setting...however, too high and you'll get more digital noise in the picture.
Blurred images are caused by several reasons: motion due to camera shake, use of slow shutter speeds and failure of the camera to focus correctly.
Slow shutter speeds
When light is low, wide apertures and slow shutter speeds will be selected automatically by the camera. Most people can't take blur-free, hand-held shots when the shutter speed is under 1/60th of a second.
Cameras that have optical Image Stabilization help but even IS has its limits. Increase room lighting, increase the ISO setting or use a tripod, or use a combination of all three.
Blurred images or misfocus
If an image is blurred due to camera shake, the blur will appear throughout the entire image. If parts of an image are in focus, and others are not, you've misfocused.
I'm not familiar with your camera but does it have "shake reduction" or "image stabilization"? Do you move when pressing the shutter button? It might be time to invest in a monopod or a tripod. In the meantime, you could set the ISO to a higher setting to cause the shutter to operate faster.
This happens if you are taking shot in low light condition where a camera shake is more likely to happen. use a tripod, or change the ISO to higher value. Using Higher ISO would help less camera shake but the image may have coarse. This is not malfunction.
Any number of things.
Low ISO. No Flash. No tripod. Too little light. No "shake" correction on the camera.
Depending on the goal of the photo, you may wish to use a tripod. Or use the flash. Or use a higher ISO (400+). Or any combination of these.
The easiest thing to do would be to make sure you use a flash. If you're trying to take a photo of something without the flash, you'll have to use a tripod. And even then, if something is moving fast through the frame, it'll likely be blurry. You simply need more light.
If you're new to digital cameras, I recommend the automatic settings. There's an "action" mode which usually has a man running as an icon. Or someone in motion. Some cameras even have settings for use at night or in darker rooms. Try those.
If you feel comfortable, you could manually bump the ISO up to 400 and try again. Your photo may be a little "grainer" and will probably look a bit ugly blown up much over a 5x7, but for 4x6 or anything online, it should be fine.
Noisy pictures = High ISO in almost all cases. Select ISO manually (select a manual mode where you can control the ISO) and set it to the lowest possible value. To avoid camera shake, place the camera on a tripod or another sturdy surface; or use the flash