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    Default Help: A very disappointed shot

    Hi Guys, I had shot this photo yesterday at the zoo. The environment lighting was quite gloomy. What i'm disappointed at is the tortise was moving so slow that i still can capture it blur. I'm totally confused.



    Settings are:

    Fujifilm S6500fd
    Lens Aperture: F/8
    Shutter Speed: 1/10 secs
    Focal Length: 9mm
    Exposure: 1/10 secs
    Iso: 800
    Mode: Shutter Priority

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    Default Re: Help: A very disappointed shot

    Fujifilm S6500fd
    Lens Aperture: F/8
    Shutter Speed: 1/10 secs
    Focal Length: 9mm
    Exposure: 1/10 secs
    Iso: 800
    Mode: Shutter Priority


    Shutter speed is too slow.


    What is the focal length (35mm) ? Did you use a tripod ? To freeze a moving object like tortise, you need 1/60sec or faster.
    Last edited by megaweb; 12th October 2007 at 02:46 PM.
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    Default Re: Help: A very disappointed shot

    Thanks for the reply, i'm not using any tripod. Probably i'm still don't understand the camera well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonus View Post
    Thanks for the reply, i'm not using any tripod. Probably i'm still don't understand the camera well.
    The rule of handheld is 1/focal length sec.

    e.g. If you use 100mm focal length, to get sharp shots, your shutter speed need to be at least 1/100 sec.
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    Default Re: Help: A very disappointed shot

    The S6500fd uses a 1/1.7" sensor, so the focal length multipler is about 7.5x. (ie. 9 x 7.5 = 68mm).

    As megaweb was saying, the shutter speed was a bit too slow. If you have increased the shutter speed to about 1/40 which is 2 stops down, the shutter priority on the camera will have chosen an aperture of maybe f/4.0 which should still give you a correct exposure.

    As a guide, any shutter speed slower that 1/30s is a bit slow for hand-holding as the effect of hand-shake will become apparent. To get a reasonable sharp picture, for most people 1/60s should be alright. You also have to factor in the focal length, the longer you zoom in, the more magnified hand-shake blur is, so correspondingly the shutter speed will have to increase again.
    Last edited by Prismatic; 12th October 2007 at 03:02 PM.

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    Dont be disappointed, even if you can beat the Tortoise this time round, this can be easily solve as mention by the fellow bros above. Read more and try shooting with different setting on your camera to learn more I am sure you will freeze the Tortoise in no time
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    Default Re: Help: A very disappointed shot

    shutter speed is slow but i think the cam is focusing on the wrong place also. The fence looks decent and even the trees and the other tortoise at the right corner looks sharper.

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    instead of using shutter priority, try using aperture priority. ur aperture was f/8, which is quite small for such shooting conditions

    maybe you'd like to change it to the smallest possible aperture, then you'd have a shutter speed of about 1/80s at f/2.8 with the same exposure

    it might have been better if u had taken the shot from a different angle, without the wooden things in the front blocking some of the tortise

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    Default Re: Help: A very disappointed shot

    Looks like the sharp area is the fence/pole in the front, not the tortoise.
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    Default Re: Help: A very disappointed shot

    Most compact camera will be tricked in this situation to focus on the nearest subject, the wooden pole instead of the tortoise.
    Do yourself a favour, move to a place where there is no obstructions to your subject.

    Read your camera manual to check whether you can select specific focus point. If there is, use it for such situation.
    Last edited by BUZ_BUZ; 13th October 2007 at 06:47 AM. Reason: type error

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