Camera and lens - tips and whats next?

  • Hi fellow photographers,

    I'm a month old user of DSLR camera's, so nowhere near a professional (or semi good) photographer yet!

    I recently bought the Nikon D3200 with kit lens, and in the last couple of days bought the 50-300mm Nikon lens. I'm just not sure I'm getting the full capability right now.

    Some of my shots seem to be blurry with the new lens, even on a high shutter speed (50/60). I try primarily to use the A and S manual modes as I like to have control. Does anyone have any beginner tips to help me in my DSLR venture?
  • camera shaking
    Try to use a "speed" which is 1/focal length to improve the sharpness of our shots, i-e 1/250 for a 300 mm lens.
  • Camera Shake... Shutter speed & Focal length
    Try to go with the shutter speed (minimum) which is equal to the focal length. If you go with a fx format camera it will be same (i.e, if the focal length is 300mm, you have to set the shutter speed 1/300 or above)...
    It is a dx format camera with a little smaller sensor with a crop factor 1.5. In this case your effective focal length will be (300 x 1.5) 450 if you go with 300 marked focal length with your camera. So, in this case you have to go with minimum shutter speed of 1/450 or above...
    The other and most important thing is holding the camera firmly with no jerk. With higher focal length and comparatively low light you may have to take a help of a tripod...
    And the final is- just try, try and try... Your knowledge would be solid with time. Hope, I can help you with my little photographic knowledge...
  • I just wanted to share that I got a tiltpod and it works great! It doesn't really replace a tripod, but it does provide a really stable hands-free way to take pictures with a smaller camera.