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HIgh School Pics Unedited.

TMort

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TMort Registered since 04th Jul 2010
Sun 24-Oct-10 04:23 AM | edited Sun 24-Oct-10 05:17 AM by TMort

As promised I have uploaded some of my unedited jpegs from a highschool game the other night. They are located in my gallery.

Just wanted to add that these photos are to show how the D7000 did at the settings used...all photos are fine jpegs. Also, if anyone has any advise based on the photos and settings that were used.

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km6xz

St Petersburg, RU
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#1. "RE: HIgh School Pics Unedited." | In response to Reply # 0

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Sun 24-Oct-10 08:17 AM

Hi TMort
The image looks very underexposed. I downloaded it and increased exposure +1ev in LightRoom3 and added a small amount of sharpening.
I had to really compress the image and set Quality to "Low" to get it under the 150K size for the forum, so the higher res version of the JPG has a lot more detail and smoothness in shadow gradient. Considering how underexposed it was, it shows a lot of information throughout a wide dynamic range. The RAW files would look great.
Stan
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TMort

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TMort Registered since 04th Jul 2010
Sun 24-Oct-10 09:50 AM | edited Sun 24-Oct-10 09:52 AM by TMort

Hi Stan, Ya I was trying to find a balance to keep the pics sharp and still get enough light in them. Is there a better setting combo you would recommend to get better exposure?

As always, thanks for your great input!

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km6xz

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#3. "RE: HIgh School Pics Unedited." | In response to Reply # 2

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Sun 24-Oct-10 10:08 AM

What were your settings besides ISO 4000 and f/5.6? The shutter must has been high to get the action frozen. The only problem was metering must have showed the underexposure at those settings. Where you using Manual mode? Shutter priority would have caused the aperture to open fully, is that 5.6 at the FL you were using? I assume so, if that is the case, the only other element the camera could use to expose properly would have been ISO. If it was set to Auto ISO with a high max. it would have selected a higher ISO which would have been fine with that camera. I guess that you set the ISO to a fixed value of 4000.
In this case I would have let the camera choose it based on the speed I wanted for freezing action, by setting the ISO to Auto. I never shoot Auto ISO but this would have been a good time for it, particularly if I was just getting used to the camera. Program mode would also have worked to lower the confusion with a new camera in a fast game. In Program mode, the correct ratio of shutter and aperture is maintained, Increasing one manually lowers the other variable elements to maintain exposure.
One thing you can try until you get it all figured out, try using a Scene mode, sports of course here, and take a shot. If it looks nice(I am positive that it would), view the image data and note what the camera selected as a base point to set Shutter priority/Aperture, and ISO.
Good luck....I am envious...

Stan
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TMort

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TMort Registered since 04th Jul 2010
Mon 25-Oct-10 12:04 AM

I had shutter at 1/500 and also had shutter priority on. I will def say that there will be a huge learning with this camera, there are a lot of features that I don't understand. Makes me wonder if I would have been better off with the 3100. I'm going to see if the local shop has a dslr class I can attend.

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dazman47

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dazman47 Registered since 25th Sep 2007
Mon 25-Oct-10 02:39 AM

I enjoyed your NTC2010 pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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blw

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Mon 25-Oct-10 07:12 AM

I'd have turned up the ISO even higher. Night high school football games are among the most technically challenging situations around. I've had some difficulty with that even given premium equipment (D3, 400/f2.8). In your case you opted for an ISO that's 2/3rds stop lower than I would have started with (6400) plus you're using a lens that's two stops slower (f/5.6). In practice I've usually nded up at ISO 12800.

As far as learning goes, if you don't have a completely solid understanding of exposure, I'd start with Bryan Peterson's book Understanding Exposure. (There is a new edition out now, I forget the precise title, but it includes Understanding Exposure in the title.)

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TMort

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#7. "RE: HIgh School Pics Unedited." | In response to Reply # 5

TMort Registered since 04th Jul 2010
Wed 27-Oct-10 04:48 AM | edited Thu 28-Oct-10 07:20 AM by TMort

For those interested I've uploaded some of the unedited college game photos.

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