Here's the scenario: You are shooting at dusk or indoors where it is low-lighting. However, you need to use a fast shutter speed because you are shooting fast-paced action, and perhaps you are going to use the continuous high-speed shooting mode (so flash fill-in may not be an option). Lastly, you are hand-holding the camera becuase you are panning with the subject.
Since there are many seting combinations, to accomodate the required faster shutter, in which order would you try the following adjustments? (please place responses in order from top to bottom, top being the first thing you would adjust)
Here are your adjustments, in no particular order (feel free to add any adjustments I may have missed):
1) change to a fast lens 2.8 or wider 2) use shutter priority, and compensate the under-exposure with exposure bracketing. 3) use a higher ISO 4) use a speed-light (knowing you may not be able to use continuous high-speed)
>If your exposure is too low, can't you compensate it by this >feature?
No, that's not what compensation is for. It's designed to allow you to take a shot at a lesser or greater exposure than the camera's meter recommends. It won't help you get a "better " shot in low light.
If you want to maintain image quality in the scenario you describe (low light, moving subjects, continuous shooting), then you have a problem. Flash will not keep up with 5fps, compensation doesn't change things, high ISO may lead to noise, and while using VR or a monopod might help, neither would fully handle subject movement.
Your main choice would be a much faster lens, such as the 85mm f/1.4.
1. choose shutter priority and auto iso. 2. set desired shutter speed... 250-640 in a lot of cases for me. 3. Let your lens open up to max aperture. 4. auto iso will adjust your iso from the minimum you set to get the right exposure. with the D200 you can see in the viewfinder what iso will be used. If it's going too high you can lower the shutter speed a little. noise from iso 600 or even 800 cleans up pretty easily.
I've used this for hockey for years. Which reminds me. It's almost hockey season!