i need help with my camera

i have a camera Nikon D80 10 MP with a lens ED AFS nikkor 24-120mm F 3.5-5.6 G VR...but i don't know if it gives good photoes that can be accepted here in dreamstime ...so i need your help and some lessons about different use of different parameter of the camera (snowy days ...sunset...dark lights) and how members here treat their photoes .....

i hope that this will be taken in ur consideration

Photo credits: Samiph222.

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Dear Samiph, it is good enough for stock photos. Purchasing of the expensive camera makes you only the owner of expensive camera. The most important is the photographer. Good luck & have a lot of sales!


If i am correct, D80 uses CCD sensors. Its a good DSLR and them build with CCD sensors are no more now. I prefer those CCDs because in my opinion colors are better than CMOS. I have to turn off dynamic lighting for CMOS to get a or even lighting. But CCDs suffer in noise handling. Your setup should be okay for general walkabout shoots on stills and people. Can be challenging on the wide end side if you do cover events. Try to keep ISO down and check that exposure histogram from shot to shot. When it gets tricky, switch to RAW format and get an external flash unit for assisted light. Many third party flash speedlight models are offered at an affordable prices.


Although I have never shot a D80, based upon my experience with my Nikon cameras and shooting stock, noise may be an issue for you. Try to keep the ISO at no more than 200. Use a tripod to keep the ISO down. Shoot your histogram all the way to the right, without clipping (don't blow your highlights). That may help to reduce noise and improve detail. Also, with regard to your lens, test it for its sweet spots. You may not get the best quality image at certain f stops or zoom range. Also, watch how you use the VR lens. Give it time after you focus to settle in, before you push the shutter release. Good luck!


Your camera and lenses are better than mine.


Sure is a good enough camera, like the previous comment says, I agree that you should start with RAW format and use Photoshop or another software to remove noise and artifacts (particles of dust on sensor that may show on image).


the in at DT is 3 MP I believe, so your camera for sure will take photos that will qaulify for stock. ALWAYS shoot in RAW and just make sure your images are good lighting and as sharply in focus as you can be! I started on here with the nikon d90 and now have a nikon 5100. nikon is a good camera.. but the person pushing the button is what is most important! good luck and you can chat with me at face book too... susan sheldon


Your camera takes photos good enough to be accepted here in DT. Take the images in the larger format it can, but the rest about parameters is up to you depending on what your will capture.

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