My husband bought me a Nikon D40, with a Nikkor Zoom, 55-200. I am a very beginner photographer and not little about the terminology, much less using manual settings, so all of my pictures are taken in auto.
Problem is, the spot I see most of my birds is in a very shaded area, too far away for a really clear close-up with only a 200 mm lens. Can anyone advise me on a simple setting to set my camera to for low light, long distance shots. I realize I can't get the same quality as I would with a bigger lens, but am hoping I could improve on what I do have.
This is how most of the bird pictures I take turn out, unless I can manage to get up close in bright light.. they are blurry and dark.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm not having as much fun as I used too because my pictures haven't improved at all.