Originally Posted by audiovideoholic
I just shot a bunch of pics with ISO from 1200-2400 I believe and had the wife pick one out to send to me.
If I was taking my time thats what I would have done, but I just selected travel point and shoot setup from the options I input as custom settings and shot a few with different ISO setting. I figured they would turn out pretty good considering it was almost dark. I guess I could have hit the protraitcustom settting that has a lot slower shutter speed
. I'm still learning photography. This is my first decent camera. Wife and I bought it to take on our honeymoon.
Sorry, I didn't mean to sound so harsh. I'm by no means a pro, but I decided a while back to start learning by shooting in manual. So I am always aware of all my settings. You chose a very good first "decent" camera from what I have read! I have a Canon 7D, which seems to be the most similar on the market to the D300S.
If you want to learn more about photography, grab the book "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson. It's a great place to start and I recommend it to everyone interested in photography.
Your shots all look good and don't need anything done differently. But shooting at a lower ISO will produce less noise. You can safely shoot down to 1/500th of a second without worrying about how steady you are holding the camera in most cases. With that in mind, you could have gotten down to ISO 200 for that shot. The exif may be wrong though, as that seems awful low considering how dark you say it was.
Sorry to hijack your thread. I'll stop now. I hope this is helpful in your photography and I'm still really enjoying your theater build!