Some skills are natural and some skills needs to perfected. Here is the picture of two young birds ready to test their natural skill of flying, waiting for the right moment.
Pictured at the "The Wilds" (Cumberland, Ohio).
Here is the picture of a Flying Machine!. This is the true display of ultimate confidence, flying belly up.
Pictured during Marine Week in Cleveland.
Before we dive into details, let me list the basic info used for this article.
- Nikon D7100 with 17-55mm Nikon Lens with f2.8G. Indoor setting, some light coming in through windows with shady weather outside with 4 sprial CFL bulbs (5000K) mounted on the cieling fan. Just a typical house setting. Camera was mounted on a tripod and remote control is used to capture these images. (just to avoid any hand shake)
- Pictures are captured in Aperture Mode (A on most DSLRs) with Shutter Speed at 1/60 seconds and Aperture set at f2.8 (widest on 17-55mm lens). I have used the thumb rule of Shutter Speed matching with Focal length of the Lens, in this case zoomed at 55mm. Camera Metering is set for Center-Weighted.
As you scroll through these images you will start noticing the amount of the light captured in each image. Instead of changing ISO, we can just simply leave the ISO into Auto mode. This approach is good when we don't have enough time to change the ISO on the fly, especially events with lot of fluid motion.
When ISO is set to Auto, with f2.8 and shutter speed 1/60, camera selected ISO 2000. Picture with these settings looks good on the small lcd screen on the camera but when we enlarge the same image on a laptop we start noticing lot of noise (grainy image). Grainy images does have a creative value but not applicable for all situations.
With people involved, picture sharpness become more relevant and important. This is the reason why we would like to control ISO as well.
Based on the all the images in this article, I would prefer ISO 400 to 800 for this particular situation. Go ahead put your camera in Manual or Aperture mode, try to keep the shutter speed at a constant value and try experimenting with various ISO values. You will be amazed by what ISO can do to your pictures.
Aperture Mode, f2.8, shutter speed 1/60 and ISO set at 100
Aperture Mode, f2.8, shutter speed 1/60 and ISO set at 200
Aperture Mode, f2.8, shutter speed 1/60 and ISO set at 400
Aperture Mode, f2.8, shutter speed 1/60 and ISO set at 800
Aperture Mode, f2.8, shutter speed 1/60 and ISO set at 1000
Aperture Mode, f2.8, shutter speed 1/60 and ISO set at 1600
Aperture Mode, f2.8, shutter speed 1/60 and ISO set at 2000