I shot indoors under dim lighting and struggled getting sharp quality. The image below was shot at: 1/125 8.0 ISO 3200

My thinking was the ISO was high enough, the shutter speed fast enough and my manual focusing sharp enough for a more focused subject. What could I have done to make the subject more in focus and sharper?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ What was your reasoning for using manual focus and f/8.0? \$\endgroup\$
    – Crazy Dino
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 21:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ What focal length were you using as well? \$\endgroup\$
    – Crazy Dino
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 21:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ What focal length was this shot at? \$\endgroup\$
    – Philip Kendall
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 21:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ Possible duplicate of Blown out blue/red light making photos look out of focus \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 22:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ The singer's skin is overexposed in the red channel and making her look blurry. Please see the suggested duplicate. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 22:36

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In this context I'd have gone as wide open as possible with the aperture.. 2.8 minimum perhaps even 1.8

Shutter speed is probably ok at 1/125 but perhaps using a wider aperture could have allowed you to go for a faster shutter - depends on how much the subject was moving!

The blur here is almost definitely shutter speed I'd guess?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh and I think automatic focus might have helped - again depending on how still the subject was \$\endgroup\$
    – Becky Joy
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 21:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ I personally focus much better manually than my camera does in low light, But that is not to say that I focus well in low light all the time. I need a new camera. \$\endgroup\$
    – Alaska Man
    Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 17:09

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