Why are these photos in .jpg?
Why is this picture blurry?
I am very mad at myself for failing to follow one of the basic rules of photography—always check your camera settings. I had to send my beloved D800 off to Nikon for a repair. They fixed it and even updated the firmware to the very latest version and shipped it back to me. It arrived just before Sarah and I were headed down to Virginia Beach for a math conference. We raced out ahead of the last real snowstorm of the season and after a very busy week for both of us. We had a lovely time and I was happy to take advantage of the seaside room to capture a lovely sunset; on the one day we didn’t have freezing rain and yech weather.
Quite honestly I looked at the screen and was quite happy with the images. Last night, the Piedmont Singers did their Holy Week concert and I started shooting inside. I looked at the series of the first 3 images I shot and my heart dropped. They were all blurry. So I stopped and actually took a serious look at my camera and realized that in addition to upgrading the firmware, Nikon had actually restored all of the camera settings back to factory original. I should have made the connection much earlier when my custom menu function having the camera zoom to 100% magnification hadn’t worked. Yep, the camera was set on ISO 100 and was shooting in .jpg fine. I was lucky in that I was sufficiently early before the concert that I was able to reset all my controls. If I had been shooting a wedding or something else which was critical, I might have lost all the shots. I was able to adjust and capture some decent images in RAW and with the right ISO.
Roger and I both preach that you should make sure your camera is set up before you shoot and then reset it after you complete a shoot. I guess I will have to start paying attention to my own words.