I have been invited into the delivery room when my daughter has her baby. I have a new D7000 and a D60. My lenses are a new Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, a Tamron 18-270, and a Nikkor kit lens 18-55. I have zeroed in on the 50mm because of the questionable light. I wish I were a little more seasoned, but should I go with P, A, S or M? I just want to get the shots and not be obsessive about how I get them. Thanks.
Nikon D7000, D60
Windows 7 Ultimate
#1. "RE: Please Advise Me :)" | In response to Reply # 0benmlee Registered since 03rd Jul 2012Sat 21-Jul-12 03:25 AM
Not being a seasoned pro, this is what I would do for a setting as bomb proof as possible.
If the labor turn out to be long and difficult, pretty sure you don't want flash, so that takes out Auto mode. That would also points towards the 50mm f1.4. M, A and S mode takes more work, so that leaves P mode to be the mode of choice.
Would set auto ISO with minimum shutter speed of 400 or 500. Things happens pretty quickly at delivery. With all the excitement, chances are you will not be holding the camera steady. Set max ISO to be 3200 or 4000. Know that purist don't want ISO to be above 200, but I personally would rather take a sharp 3200 ISO photo than risk camera giving me a slow shutter speed that results in blurry photo.
Set the dial to "Q" quiet mode just to be safe.
For focus, my preference in that situation with so many people and hands around would be to set auto focus to 9 points in the center only so camera don't pick something unexpected to focus on. Would also set a1 and a2 focus priority selection to "focus" instead of "release". Insure picture is in focus before camera takes it.
#2. "RE: Please Advise Me :)" | In response to Reply # 0icslowmo Registered since 01st Jan 2012Sat 21-Jul-12 05:20 AM | edited Sat 21-Jul-12 05:21 AM by icslowmo
Out of those three lenses, I would also use the 50mm f1.4 as you don't want to use flash in a dimly lit labor room (lower light will more then likely be the setting as it helps calm the nerves) I usually use A mode and would be in the f2.0-2.8 range with min. shutter speeds at no slower then 1/125th. Auto iso up to 3200. I think I used my 35 f1.8 in those moments of when my baby girl was born. At larger apertures, and when the baby is sleeping, you can get some really nice images of just the baby and creamy backgrounds.
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#3. "RE: Please Advise Me :)" | In response to Reply # 0ericbowles Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005Sat 21-Jul-12 09:45 AM
I agree that Program mode is probably safe. But it could also give you some problems. For example, it could want a narrower aperture and slower shutter speed than you desire. You'd hate to have Program mode provide the wrong compromise.
The other thing I worry about is varied composition causing major differences in lighting. If a bright light in the room is in your frame, you might end up underexposing the image. My guess is exposure will vary a full stop or more due to composition. Under these conditions, I might shoot in Manual Mode. Just set it when you get in the delivery room and forget it.
I think you will need something like the following settings:
Set up for a copy of the images to the second card.
Have an extra card and battery.
AFC - Release priority - Not AF Auto or AFS which might not fire at critical times
Aperture - f/2 with low light - f/4 ideal
Shutter speed - minimum 1/60 - ideal 1/125
ISO - Up to ISO 3200 - ISO 400 ideal but higher levels are perfectly fine. A little noise is better than motion blur.
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