onions wrote:the muddiness is no doubt a result of aggressive in-camera noise reduction and there's a distinct lack of sharpness anywhere.
So what should I do, what would I need to make such a photo less muddy and sharper? When made as snapshot like this, in P mode. Without tripod or such.
Does that mean that every photo shot with a low-budget DSLR camera is crap because of the muddiness because of the aggressive in-camere noise reduction?
How would such a photo look like made with your camera?
all cameras handle noise reduction differently, and i think on some you can even turn it off. the higher your iso setting the more aggressive the nr will be, or if its turned off, the grainier the image.
i took another look at the two samples you posted. i noticed that both were shot at 1/8th of a second which mean handshake most likely had a lot to do with the muddiness as even slight shifts of the camera will cause a certain amount of blur. i myself don't dare risk shooting at anything slower than 1/60th of a second, 1/50th if i'm feeling adventurous. once you do that, you'll either have to use a flash to compensate if there's not enough lighting or raise the iso speed assuming your aperture stays the same.
my ancient canon 20D has a max ISO speed of 3200, but i rarely shoot at that level because the noise is gross. 1600 is barely acceptable to me but until canon releases the 5d mark iii for me to upgrade to, i'm stuck using this camera.
low light photography's not easy to get a firm handle on. ultimately it takes practice practice practice to get the results you want with the equipment you have. and that's the great thing with digital. you can shoot thousands of pictures and it won't cost you a penny to see the results. just keep shooting.