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D700 and shutter speed issues

Garrett Hayes

Lucan, Ireland, IE
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Garrett Hayes Gold Member Nikonian since 03rd Nov 2004
Mon 22-Sep-08 01:14 PM

On Saturday last, I was a guest at a wedding of a friend's son and took my D700 with a 24-70 lens to shoot some shots at the groom's home, then at the wedding in spactular Trinity College Dublin and later at a reception. It was a fabulous day with, dare I say it after weeks of rain, almost too much sun.

I usually shoot with apperture priority and set a base ISO of 200. I set auto WB and during the afternoon adjusted the ISO to auto also.

Because of it's low light capabilities, I shot as much as possible in available light, in the dark church in spite of the sunshine and at the reception.

I shot in RAW and developed JPGS from NX2 and also "ingested" the pictures into Lightroom 2.

Well they do look good but I was shocked to find that the shutter speed in many was really way too low with 1/30, 1/80 and lots at 1/60. For me this is really too show as as you may guess, I was getting just a little camera shake but just enough to DRIVE ME CRAZY!.

I thought that I has set the minimum shutter speed but I did not expect to find so many shots at really low shutter speeds.

OK I know that I should have checked the shutter speed but with all the excitement, well, it just didn't happen.

What should I do to avoid these low speeds? I really feel that I should have a minimum shutter speed of at least 1/125 to 1/250 but how can I ensure that this happens?

Of course I could use a tripod but I got enough strange looks with the D 700 plus the 24-70 to know that a tripod would not really be on.

PS the "official" photographer had a Ca**n