Begin rant: I have decided that I am not happy with my camera.... I know that it really is the photographer and not the camera that catches good pictures, but I am so frustrated.
It doesn't seem to matter if the lighting is good or not-- taking anything faster than 1/60 is always dark. Which makes for some very blurry pictures of fast moving babies. And When I bump up my ISO it gets noisy so quickly.
I said as much to my DH and his response was he already knew that because it was in the reviews he read before we bought it. REALLY? I asked him why we got it then and he says to me that he didn't know I was going to be taking so many indoor photos. I love my DH, but sometimes he just doesn't think... I have pretty much always been a point and shoot photographer, but wanted a DSLR because I wanted to change that. I was ignorant of ISO and such at that point, but he understood it. Hence I asked him to research and help me make a decision.
Ok rant over. But if anyone has suggestions, please let me know. Thanks.
Last edited by daniellec.parker; 12-01-2011 at 03:02 PM.
I don't know what camera you have...but ANY camera without enough light is going to give you dark, blurry pictures. Yes, better cameras will give you better results at higher ISOs, but to be honest, I'd much rather have some grain in my picture with a well exposed shot, than a dark, blurry one because my SS is too slow. Does your lens open up anymore? Are you shooting with the lowest ap your lens will allow? How bout investing in a speedlight? They really aren't that expensive, and give great results!
I was shooting on the lowest aperture. I will need to post an example of what I've been doing. I take pictures in our dining room around 9:30 or so in the morning when there is plenty of light coming through the window. I set them up just outside of the harsh light and shoot in A mode.
If you are shooting at 1/60, you're going to get blurry pictures. If it's dark at 1/100, it means you don't have enough light. It's not your camera...all cameras are going to read the light the same. If I took my $2500 Nikon D700 to your same window, and shot at the same moment as you, my camera would give me the same settings as yours. The difference is, my camera won't give me nearly as much noise at ISO 1600 as yours does. Sometimes I can sit my kids RIGHT SMACK dab in front of my window, and I have to bump my ISO way up. It just depends on how much light you've got coming thru. When you're shooting there, and your SS is 1/60, what's your ISO normally set at? You need to bump it up--way up. And if you don't like the noise, then you have two options. 1. get a nicer camera that handles noise better (full frame) or 2. get a speedlight.
It can be super frustrating. I was in the same boat when it came to being frustrated with indoor photos. I was having to use my pop-up flash so I could take a photo. I have very little natural light in my house. I ended up buying a speedlight and I am more than thrilled I did. My photos are not the best b/c I am not skilled with it, but between a better camera body and a speedlight- the speedlight was the one I could afford. Don't let it get to you, it's just the way it works. Keep at it!
Yes, indoor photos are so incredibly frustrating. What camera do you have? I just have a Rebel XTi. The ISO only goes up to 1600, and I start getting a lot of grain at 800. 2 years ago, I got a speedlite, and that helped out a lot with just my kit lens.
My suggestions: Bump your ISO up as far as it will go, and get your SS as high as you can with that. The better exposed your picture is, the less noise/grain you're going to get, even with a high ISO. I'd also suggest Noiseware Community edition. It's amazing the difference you can get with that program.
Here's an example with the picture that I posed of my youngest earlier this week:
Settings were 1/160 f/2.2 ISO 1600 50mm
In addition to the camera type, I'd like to know what kind of lens you're using. I use my 50mm 1.8 lens for a lot of my indoor shots. In fact, I'm shooting my company Xmas party tomorrow and will use it because it takes decent wide angle shots and lets allows me to open the aperature more than my other lenses. Still, when it gets too dark, I rely on speedlight and/or tripod/monopod.
It's an Olympus E-620. I generally use my 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 lens. But sometimes I use the 40-150mm 1:4-5.6. My ISO goes up to 3200. I tend to leave it set on auto ISO and it often chooses 800. I have taken a few at ISO 1250 that turned out okay. I have some pictures I'm uploading to flikr that I hope to get posted here later today. But with the twins it can be difficult to find time to get on the laptop instead of the iPad.
Thanks for the encouragement. I know most of it is user error. And I hope that before too long I can get it figured out well enough. I will most definitely look into a speedlight though.