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December 11th, 2011, 07:34 PM
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I've been experimenting with manual setting and while I can generally take nice, clear pictures when I want to take pictures on the fly or give the camera to my husband to take pictures, they are usually blurry. Is there a way to get the natural color (aka without flash) without getting blurry pictures?
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December 11th, 2011, 07:41 PM
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yes keep your shutter speed high.
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December 11th, 2011, 07:42 PM
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Can you post an image of what you are talking about?
Blurry could mean either a slow shutter speed or your aperture is open too far but we wont know until we can see the image.
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December 11th, 2011, 08:06 PM
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Here's an example, I know the aperture is very high but I was trying to make the Christmas lights really bright in the dark. I liked the affect but all the pictures taken by someone other than me look like this. Should I just sacrifice quality for having photos in general?

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December 11th, 2011, 08:40 PM
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Yes, your shutter speed is way too slow. It should be at least 1/100 to get a nice sharp photo. If you were shooting just the tree, which doesn't move, you could use a tripod and a slow shutter speed but since it is impossible for a person to be completely still you need the SS to be higher.

You have a few options:
1. Open up the aperture more. Get a lens that has a low number f stop, like a 1.8 or 1.4. This will allow more light onto the sensor and you can get away with photos in lower light conditions. (i.e. the 50mm 1.8)
2. Get a bounce flash and bounce the light off of the ceiling. You will still get that ambient sort of glow but it will be bright enough to get a crisp image.
3. Crank up your ISO but be ready to need noise reduction software.
4. Try a combination of any or all of these.
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December 11th, 2011, 10:10 PM
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her ISO was maxed. the rebel xt only goes to 1600.
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December 14th, 2011, 07:32 PM
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I would try and bounce a flash and see what you can come back with, I nearly always get blurry if I am hand shooting lower than 1/125.
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