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D60 and shutter speeds above 1/200

Max_Mang

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Max_Mang Registered since 09th Nov 2011
Wed 09-Nov-11 09:32 PM

I'm sorry if this question has come up before. I've searched through the forums and found some info but nothing that really details what I may need. Thanks in advance for any info provided.

I have a D60. The flash synch maxes at 1/200. The shutter speed goes to 1/4000. For the life of me, I can't figure see how 1/1000 or higher could ever be used, the photos are too dark.

I'd like to shoot some water droplet photos and some other macro high speed photos. I've seen the awesome hummingbird photos some have posted to this forum where they mentioned using as low as 1/60 as a shutter speed with a speedlight to freeze the movement. Can someone explain this setup and the hardware needed to work with the D60?

Again, thanks in advance for the help.

blw

Richmond, US
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#1. "RE: D60 and shutter speeds above 1/200" | In response to Reply # 0

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Wed 09-Nov-11 10:09 PM

> I can't figure see how 1/1000 or higher could ever be used, the photos are too dark.

Not always. Outdoors in daylight it's easy to use 1/1000th or higher, especially with a faster lens, but not just that way. Also, if a faster shutter speed is required or desired, turning up the ISO is a viable way to achieve that. On Sunday I was shooting at 1/4000th at f/2.8, so even with a slow lens that would still be 1/1000th, and that was at base ISO (200 on my camera). And of course it's also possible that one might using, say, an f/1.4 lens - in that light I'd have needed 1/8000th and a neutral density filter to be shooting at ISO 200.

> speedlight to freeze the movement. Can someone explain this setup

If the flash is the primary (or only!) source of light, it will control the action-freezing, rather than the shutter speed. For example, in a typical indoor environment where the ambient exposure is, say, 1/30th, f/4 at ISO 200, you would see movement blur for anything moving quickly. But flash duration for Nikon flashes ranges from about 1/1000th at the slowest to almost 1/50000th at fastest. If the exposure would have been dark or black without the flash - say, 1/60th, f/5.6, ISO 200 instead - the blur might literally be there, but not visible, since the subject will only be seen in the light of the flash unit, about 1/1000th or quicker.

> hardware needed to work with the D60?

D60 with a flash unit - that's it. For a water droplet you might also need a way to trigger the shutter/flash automatically, I'm not sure. I've never done that myself. But certainly with the hummingbird, you shouldn't need much equipment at all. The bigger trick will be to get the AF to lock on in low light.

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Matthew Gregory

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#2. "RE: D60 and shutter speeds above 1/200" | In response to Reply # 1

Matthew Gregory Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Oct 2011
Thu 10-Nov-11 11:33 AM

Here's a couple of shots I took this summer with my D60 and an old SB28 flash that was given to me. First attempt at this, btw.

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My methods were entirely unscientific - I started shooting and kept ramping up the shutter speeds until it was obvious that the shadow of the shutter started to interfere with the image!

Max_Mang

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#3. "RE: D60 and shutter speeds above 1/200" | In response to Reply # 0

Max_Mang Registered since 09th Nov 2011
Thu 10-Nov-11 04:56 PM

Thanks to both you for the helpful info!

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