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Old 03-02-2013, 22:14   #1 (permalink)
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help with getting good pics :(

hi all,i have a canon slr 1100d.....i have had the camera about a year,but to be honest im not that good at using it i have tryed to get good pictures but they never seem to come out how i want them to (most of the time there blurry and not sharp)





any help or advice would be greatly appreciated on where im going wrong.

p.s how do i add pictures?

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Old 03-02-2013, 22:40   #2 (permalink)
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Re: help with getting good pics :(

Welcome to Pixalo Matst3

You can host pictures here at Pixalo. You have gallery space allocated to you already!

Here is a guide:

http://www.pixalo.com/community/site...ide-36144.html

You can also host off-site too. If you do this you can simply link to your pictures in a post. Using [IMG] tags will allow them to appear in the post, but please be aware of the Pixalo size limits of 1024 pixels on the longest side and under 300kb file size.

Most sharpness problem are due to either camera shake or focus issues - or both!

Here is another guide that you might find useful

http://www.pixalo.com/community/tuto...ighlight=sharp
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Re: help with getting good pics :(

to be honest it sounds like you have fallen into the trap that a lot of folk do,,,, buy a DSLR and expect better images. If you are using it as a point and shoot ( on auto) you will get the same images you got on your old point and shoot camera, the way to get the best from a dslr is to learn how to take full control over it, so my advice is to go and do some reading and research on apertures, shutter speeds and ISO and the relationship between them all, then start experimenting with the camera.
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Re: help with getting good pics :(

the first thing I would do in your place is find someone you know locally who can take you out and show you how the camera works etc,. it's possible (though perhaps unlikely) the camera has a fault and they will soon know

as fiona says there's an auto mode on the camera which should allow ok pictures in many circumstances so not sure why you are getting so many blurry ones,. you can try posting some pics on the forum as that might help narrow down what could be happening,.
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Re: help with getting good pics :(

Apologies if this is so obvious that it doesn't need to be said, but are you holding the camera correctly? A lot of people use a DSLR as though it were a compact - at arms length, using the screen as the viewfinder. You have to do this with a lot of compacts (they have no viewfinder) but the extra weight of a DSLR makes it harder to hold steady in this way.
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Re: help with getting good pics :(

I think dslr is like a car. Untill you know what all the controls do it will be like riding a kangaroo :-)
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Re: help with getting good pics :(

Hi matst3, when I got my first "proper" camera, (50 years ago) an old pro told me that to start off I should use aperture priority, ISO 400 and F 5.6 as my basic. Then take a shot, and having got it, change the settings one at a time and see what the effect was, (in those days it was a longer proces due to getting the film developed) that way I learned the inter-relationship between them. I also bought books on the subject, and asked lots of questions. Re the blurry images it could be camera shake, from, as Stephen says holding it badly, I am assuming the lens is on auto focus. Hope this helps, Charles.
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Re: help with getting good pics :(

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Apologies if this is so obvious that it doesn't need to be said, but are you holding the camera correctly? A lot of people use a DSLR as though it were a compact - at arms length, using the screen as the viewfinder. You have to do this with a lot of compacts (they have no viewfinder) but the extra weight of a DSLR makes it harder to hold steady in this way.
Couldnt agree more with this one, the downside of todays cameras (non SLR) is that 99+ % are lcd only with no viewfinders. It means that nearly all shots are taken at arms length which is probably the worst way you could hold any camera and expect a steady shot. Its why i will never buy a csc.
I wish i had a pound for every time someone has said "Ooh nice camera can i have a look?" and then pick it up and hold my 3lb SLR at arms length. if they are under 30 and you say "You look through here" they look baffled "eh? Look through what?" Priceless

One of the 1st things I was taught with my first slr (many moons ago) was how to stand legs apart, brace the camera for a steady shot. Something that cannot be done with these stupid screens. Oh and dont get me started on light reflections and light spill making accurate composition almost impossible.
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Re: help with getting good pics :(

Excellent advice from everyone. Not too much to add, but perhaps you might have information overload anyway, the response from members was that good


A bullet-point list might help :
  • Grip the camera firmly for each shot - don't rush.
  • Gently squeeze the shutter release, don't jab it.
  • In low light, check settings - increase ISO or use flash if necessary (and if appropriate).
  • Use image stabiliser, if your camera/lens support it, for hand-held shots.
  • Use a tripod whenever possible.
  • Try using the self-timer, which can help to minimise camera shake.
  • Mirror-up function is a similar aid, if your camera has this feature.
  • Auto-focus might battle in low light or when the subject and/or background have a low contrast, or other tricky situations like animals behind bars (). In those events, you'll need to focus manually.
It's a steep learning curve, but the important thing is to have fun with your photography. There are so many books to choose from that can help you get started, do a search on Amazon for any particular aspects you'd like to research, or just search the web, there are loads of helpful sites with useful articles, including here on pixalo
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Re: help with getting good pics :(

You've had loads of brilliant advice - I would also really recommend having a look at some books. Tom Ang has a really good, straightforward one - 'Photography Masterclass' and I really liked John Hedgecoe's 'Photographer's Handbook'.
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+1 for this
[Tom Ang has a really good, straightforward one - 'Photography Masterclass']
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Re: help with getting good pics :(

The best advice I've been given is use a tripod. It will eradicate camera shake but more inportantly (for me) it forced me to slow down. Rather than pointing the camera and grabbing a shot, it made me take time to set up and compose.
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