I shoot in low light conditions, bands and concerts. I shoot with aperture priory with f/2.8 or f1.1 depending on the lens I am using. I also do not want to shoot below a speed of 1/125 so I keep cranking up my ISO to achieve that even if I have to go to 6400 0r 12000 ISO. It is a hassle adjusting my ISO quickly. I have been searching to see if I can set or do anything to make it easier to control and have easy access to setting my ISO; the menu does not appear that I can use the FUNC to set my ISO. Does anyone have any ideas or know how to solve this. Thank you, Tom
The most obvious solution would be to use the Auto ISO facility.
Select Aperture Priority and then you can specify the slowest shutter speed (1/125th in your example) and the maximum ISO you want to use (say 12,800). If the required shutter speed dropped below 1/125th, the camera would keep it there and raise the ISO from your base setting until it reached 12,800.
Auto ISO is explained on pages 103/104 of the D7000 manual.
>I use Auto ISO but with stage lighting I get bad readings and >then blurry photos, things move very fast on stage.
I wouldn't give up that easily
If you're configuring the Auto ISO settings in the appropriate way, blurry photos should not happen. I use Auto ISO all the time when shooting theatre productions - exactly because the lighing is constantly changing. I generally set a minimum shutter speed of 1/200th and a maximum ISO of Hi-1 (this is with a D700, but the principle is the same). During a performance, the ISO can go range from 200 all the way up to 6400 or more, without me having to think about it.
In the example below, the camera had raised ISO to 4000 while keeping to my preferred minimum shutter speed of 1/200th...
If the lighting gets so dark that you can't avoid blur with Auto ISO, then you wouldn't really be able to find a better exposure combination by altering ISO manually.
Hi Brian ... is your goal always to attempt to take an indoor shot in the theater business w/o flash? Would you ever consider using the rear flash option on the D7000? If so, under what conditions would you start to consider popping up the flash? Thanks!
Sun 12-Dec-10 07:30 AM | edited Sun 12-Dec-10 07:37 AM by briantilley
I hardly ever use flash when shooting stage plays and musicals "live" - i.e. during an actual dress rehearsal or performance. The production team will have put a lot of effort into designing their stage lighting, and flash pretty much overpowers the effect. Apart from that, the performers can find it distracting, and its use is usually ruled out by the director anyway. Lastly, setting WB for mixed flash and stage lighting can be tricky!
I much prefer to let the ISO range up to maximum and then have the shutter speed drop lower (which is what Auto ISO does), though at slower speeds I need to make sure I pick my moment to shoot when movement on stage is minimal.
If I do ever use flash (for example for posed on-stage stots during the interval), I use an SB-900 on-camera in its TTL-BL setting, and sometimes fit a filter over the flash head, to balance the illumination with the stage lighting as far as possible.
>I use Auto ISO but with stage lighting I get bad readings and then blurry photos, things move very fast on stage.
If you're getting blurry photos in crowded places it may also be a focus point problem. Are you shooting from the crowd, or do you have a clear view of the stage? Setting your camera to display focus points in image review can be a quick way of checking what your camera thought it was taking a picture of.