Can't get family photos to shoot at good quality when zoomed in!

Started Oct 17, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Can't get family photos to shoot at good quality when zoomed in!
In reply to ccalebk, Oct 17, 2012

Hey there.

This is most likely a result of your settings as suggested and shooting f/3.2 is quite shallow for even just a few people, depending on where they are in relation to each other. If any are behind or in front of the point of focus, they're likely going to be soft and not as sharp.

As a general guide, usually f/5.6 is the starting point for a generally sharp picture across the entire scene, but as you have so many people, you'll probably need that figure to go higher and you should experiment taking one at f/7.1, f/8, f/10, f/11, etc.

I'm not sure how "new" you are to this when you say that, so if you're not comfortable with manual control, then look to do this with one of the automated modes, such as Aperture Priority. The shutter speed will take care of itself, but if it's too low (say lower than 1/125) then think about increasing your ISO a notch or two as this will in turn raise the shutter speed for you.

Hope that helps and good luck.

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