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Try pushing the menu button and selecting "shooting menu". There you should find options for: Image Mode, Whire Balance, Continuous Shooting, ISO, and Color options. Setting the White Balance to "Auto" actually produces the most accurate and reliable results.
Hi Sandy, Page 43 of the D80 manual explains about Auto ISO. It works in the Vari-Program modes. In one of those modes turn on your menu go to Shooting Menu, move down to ISO sensitivity, this is where you can set Auto ISO to on or to a select ISO.
Press the Menu button, select the camera icon, then scroll down to Sensitivity to change the ISO setting.
Depending on how close to the stage you are and how long your lens is, I would consider using spot-metering on the performers so as not to let the camera try to make the black background into a medium gray. The metering method is also changed in the shooting menu. Press Menu, select the camera icon, and scroll down.
Anyway you do it, you're probably going to have slow shutter speeds. If you can't use a tripod, consider a monopod. Or clamp the camera to the back of the seat in front of you. Or brace it against a wall or column.
You can only cahnge ISO levels in MANUAL mode, I assume you are trying to change in AUTOMATIC mode, which you canoot do as settings are automatically adjusted for lighting conditions. Hope this helps you.
In many cameras these settings depend on the shooting mode. Did you change the shooting mode? If so, return to your normal shooting mode and the function should be available again.
If this doesn't fix your problem I need to know if you have your camera's user manual. If I can find the solution in your user manual I need to know if you can read the steps in your own manual or if I need to provide you a link to read the manual online.
The higher the ISO setting the more grain in the photo. Have you somehow set the ISO to say, 1600?
Select ISO setting this way:
Are you shooting in low-light situations (typically indoor)? Try shooting bright scenes and Auto mode, or manually set ISO to 100 or 200 and see if noise persists.