Thanks for the excellent tips, I will have to work on it tonight. I use the built in noise removal tool in photoshop, but I have had my eyes on noise ninja. The D50 only goes down to ISO 200, so I'm stuck there. My biggest mistake obviously was the in-camera sharpening, and also the value I use in smart sharpen (and yes, I sharpened everything). I won't go into detail on that just so I don't look like a fool
. I'm still a little confused about the odd tones in my exposure. I use either spot or center weight metering, depending upon the amount of light in the subject. I've tried matrix, but that just blew the colors way out. Like I said before, white balance is always set to sunlight when I'm shooting on a sunny day. The only other explanation I can think of is from where I was using the in camera sharpening, and it cut down on color saturation, etc.