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  1. #11
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    Re: Birds in flight 10 tips

    As an alternative, some users for some events, maybe sports or birds, like to set camera Manual mode, maybe f/5.6 at 1/500 second... so they absolutely know what settings the picture will use. Then they set Auto ISO, the idea being that if f/5.6 1/500 is not sufficient, then Auto ISO will increase until it is...

    My point of mentioning it is that 1) this is no different than camera A mode with f/5.6 and and 1/500 second Minimum shutter speed in Auto ISO, when both are using f/5.6 and 1/500 at higher ISO values. However M mode between ISO 100 to ISO 3200 is only 5 stops of possible range, over six stops.

    And 2) the camera A mode plan has some extra backup capability of letting the shutter still go faster or slower, as opposed to the alternate result of an underexposed picture when maximum ISO is not sufficient, or overexposed result when minimum ISO is too much for the settings. The M mode case is cute, but it is simply additional restrictions.

    Of course, as always, it is important to constantly pay attention to what is happening. If we find our ISO is always higher than best, we can reconsider the settings forcing it there.

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    Last edited by WayneF; 06-23-2015 at 03:01 PM.

  2. #12
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    Re: Birds in flight 10 tips

    Ten tips,
    Never use anything on auto, you fight the cameras software rather than get an intuitive understanding of whats going on
    start with iso 800, an aperture of 8, shutterspeed of 2000th of a sec or faster, minus one exposure compensation , (with a raw file) when the sun is up ,, then adapt
    Check each set of pics as you go , slightly underexposed is better
    Set your camera up to do backbutton focus , take three shots , refocus take more if you have time
    set your camera to do focus priority release of shutter
    dont kid yourself that you are going to be able to focus on the eye of the bird
    understand that a backlit photo will never have the nice look you prefer , so shoot the bird when she is banking or the best light available
    Dont keep photos of the rear end of the bird, if youre too late , just accept it like a man
    Have in your mind a no-fly zone, which is to say , any moving bird in that sector ,, which should be the direction of good lighting, is going to get shot down
    Dont keep photos of the rear end of the bird, if youre too late , just accept it like a man
    Thanks/Like Roy1961 Thanks/liked this post

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