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cpo23 Registered since 24th Jul 2013Fri 26-Jul-13 12:08 PM
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"Rec. 7100 camera settings for shooting animals - dogs."


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I had a D40(and still do) and received lots of valuable info from the folks here back in the day. I have recently upgraded to the 7100. The primary use of the 7100 will be to shoot spontaneous pics of my dogs outside. I was wondering if anyone can recommend what you might consider "ideal" settings for this. Even though I have a 7100, I am very much just a hobbyist, and a newbie at that.

  

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dave_17531 Registered since 07th Sep 2010Fri 26-Jul-13 12:34 PM
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I've used all kinds of different settings for my dog. It really depends on the situation I suppose or what kind of photos you're after. There is a pet setting on your camera though. Me personally I use a telephoto and zoom in using a wide aperture to get good bokeh to make her stand out in the photo I also use a vivid setting and try to focus on the bridge of her nose between her eyes and nose. I also use a spot metering mode and the multiple exposure setting plus AF-C if shes running about. It really depends on the lighting and the mood of my dog and what photos I'm after.

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NickMilner Gold Member Nikonian since 01st Jul 2013Fri 26-Jul-13 01:20 PM
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My first thought when shooting pets is to head for Shutter Priority to capture fast motion and then take it from there. The rest depends on lighting conditions, your lens, the effect you want to achieve etc., but as a starting point you can't really go wrong with Shutter Priority. Dial in something reasonably fast (e.g. 1/500s) and see what you get.

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cpo23 Registered since 24th Jul 2013Fri 26-Jul-13 04:37 PM
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Thanks for the tips. Will certainly try these settings; at least I have a place to start from.

  

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ttc546 Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Jan 2009Fri 26-Jul-13 09:03 PM
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You don't say whether your dog will be running or still, as this will determine your settings. I take action pics for dog sports events and have AF-ON set and use most of the technique, but not all as described here - http://www.luminescentphoto.com/blog/2010/11/05/nikon-af-on-technique/

I turn VR off on the lens as it is redundant with fast shutter speeds.

I use CH for fast burst mode.

If your dog is black, then prepare for lots of PP as black dogs are very difficult to expose as you might want.

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ericbowles Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level skills in various areas, especially Landscape and Wildlife Photoghraphy Writer Ribbon awarded for for his article contributions to the community Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005Fri 26-Jul-13 11:37 PM
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I do a lot of dog photography for a local rescue. It's amazing how much a good photo helps in placing a dog.

I normally use a 70-200 lens at f/3.2-3.5. I want at least 1/250 sec. - preferably 1/500. ISO is base ISO if possible, and increased as needed. My economy lens choice is the 70-300 shot near wide open.

AF is usually AF-C with Dynamic 9 Points. That lets me select the focus point, but the camera helps. If the dog is relatively quiet and still, I use AF-C and single point.

I'm looking for soft light - no harsh contrasty light.

I start by looking for a good background. I want enough space to blur the background. For shots that show the full dog, I want something that provides a nice framing or leading lines. One of my favorites is a wood fence along the side of the frame disappearing into the distance.

If you are trying to shoot a rapidly moving dog - especially one running toward you, 3D Matrix metering is helpful. Otherwise, keep it turned off.

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cpo23 Registered since 24th Jul 2013Sat 27-Jul-13 01:23 AM
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WOW so many things to practice and try tomorrow. Can't wait to get them out in the backyard, and maybe down to the beach. I do like to shoot them still, but it's most fun trying to capture them while they are just being crazy.

  

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