Mypictures look terrible!! I took a bunch today down at the river usingvarious settings for the shutter speed and aperture, also took manyletting the camera pick one or the other, to no avail. Everything washorrible. The water looks flat, there's lots of noise and banding,etc., etc. I've set the ISO to auto and also tried it on 64. I've gotthe noise reduction feature turned on. White balance is set to auto,I've tried different metering settings, image quality is set to fine.Any suggestions on what I'm doing wrong? There must be something I'mnot doing right.
It might help to see an example of the "terrible" photos and include the EXIF. If it is only visible when looking up close, include a 100% crop..
If you don't understand what I said or how to post a photo, post a followup...
If you can post an example image, it would help us help you with where you're going wrong..
It sounds to me though as if you're using too slow a shutter speed, which is causing blur. Unless you're using a solid tripod, you need to keep your shutter speeds up, and indoors that means using a high ISO - at least 400 and higher if your camera allows it. Depth of field won't be a massive problem on the small sensor in the P5000, but try to use f/8, or maybe even smaller, like f/11. That will again mean you need longer exposures, and that means only one thing - blur unless you're using a tripod..
Using flash can make your photos appear to be sharper, but for that to happen, the flash needs to overpower the ambient light which makes it look very harsh. That's when you need to use off-camera flash, which is possible with the P5000 by using a TTL remote cord to a Nikon SB flashgun..
Best thing is to post some examples....
Thank you for your replies. Although I didn't save any of the terrible pictures, I'm sure I can produce many more that I can provide here and I will. I have a question about exif data. I've read generally about what it is, and I've downloaded the software which enables me to see it on other people's photo's, where it's available but I don't really understand it. I can't seem to find it for my photo's, do I have to generate it? Where do I look for it? If I understand correctly, some of the information I would get on my photo's (if I knew where to find it) would be aperture used and shutter speed? This would be so helpful to me because I really can't glean the exposure of a picture from looking at it on camera and so what I do is note down on paper what I've done for each shot...
Whatever tool you have been using to look at the EXIF data on other people's images should also work for your own..
You don't have to do anything to register the EXIF. The camera does that for you. Depending on your image viewer and operating system there are various ways to see the data..
Regarding your horrible pictures, it would indeed be helpful to see some. A flat appearance can usually be attributed to unflattering light. Scenics taken at mid day, for example often look flat..
To see what your camera should be capable of, check out the examples here:.
While the P5000 did not receive rave reviews here, the camera should be able to make good images at low ISO and with good lighting conditions..
I have a question about exif data. I've readgenerally about what it is, and I've downloaded the software whichenables me to see it on other people's photo's, where it's availablebut I don't really understand it. I can't seem to find it for myphoto's, do I have to generate it?.
It's automatically embedded in the JPEG photo by the camera. You just need software to decode it. However, some image editing software can strip EXIF information (or photo-hosting sites), which is why some photos lack EXIF..
Where do I look for it? If Iunderstand correctly, some of the information I would get on myphoto's (if I knew where to find it) would be aperture used andshutter speed?.
Most cameras come with software to view and do simple edits. If you installed this software, you should be able to pull up the EXIF information on your photos using the camera supplied software. If not, you can download many free image viewers (google IrfanView) that can do this..
This would be so helpful to me because I really can'tglean the exposure of a picture from looking at it on camera and sowhat I do is note down on paper what I've done for each shot..
Actually, this is not true. Almost all digital cameras that I know will display some EXIF information on playback. Per the review of the P5000 on this site, you change the playback mode to show the EXIF - see below:.
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As you can see, your camera will display the Aperture (f5.3), Shutter speed (1/103), ISO (64), mode (P), and the histogram for the photo. With digital, there is no need to write notes on camera settings (notes on other aspects of the scene, like lighting, may be helpful, though)...
Thank you so much, Dave. I don't know how I never noticed that before, Duh!! Thanks also to everyone else who has been so helpful. I'm glad I found this place. Sorry to hear that the P5000 doesn't have great reviews. I never read any reviews before I bought it, just went into the store and was told that it was the newest model Nikon. I'm sure most of the terrible picture problems though are my own!! I will post some one day soon...
Actually, the P5000 is a very good camera. From what I can tell, the reason it's not ranked up there with the best is because it's not the most responsive. It's a little slow when it comes to focusing and doesn't take a picture the instant you press the shutter release button. That doesn't have any impact on the quality of the pictures you get, assuming the shutter releases before your subject has moved!.
If you want to easily view exif data on your pictures, I can thoroughly recommend Opanda Iexif, which you can download for free here:.
Once you install it, you can just right click on a JPEG image file in Windows or within Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, and select View Exif/GPS/IPTC data. As long as the image had Exif data embedded, it'll show you it down to the minutest detail! This also works within the Firefox browser if you also download and install the Firefox plugin..