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mz_
10-19-2009, 05:50 PM
This was my first attempt using my Nikon D90 for one of the reasons I purchased a DSLR. We attend Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios each year and was wondering if anyone cam give me some shooting tips, and/or settings to try.

I've tried Auto (blah!), No Flash, and P (where I just randomly tried different things). No luck yet, will try again this weekend. The motion blur is killing me! All shot with a 50mm f/1.8 lens.

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc55/mzjc/Halloween%20Horror%20Nights%202009/DSC_0017.jpg

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TheWengler
10-19-2009, 07:13 PM
If you understand exposure then you can answer these questions yourself. Pick up Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson to help with that.

Your SS is too slow in all of them. Open up the lens (low f/stop), and crank up the ISO. I see you're already at ISO 1600, so you'll have to go above that. Increased ISO means more noise, but less blur.

If that isn't enough then you need to add some light (flash).

tim11
10-22-2009, 01:14 AM
In some it's already pushing the limit. F/1.8 and ISO1600. That's really good result for shooting in auto modes.
You can learn to use semi-manual mode to force the camera for the best result. But in some cases you already push toward the limit of the lens and camera.
Like Luke said. You have to add the flash. If no flash allowed then there won't be much improvement. You can't ask for miracle - if there is no light, there is no photograph.

PS: you can also use higher ISO than 1600 but it won't be good for anything else except small prints and web postings.