I am looking for recommendations on configuring the D800 with the SB-910. I took some Fire Academy Graduation shots recently an was not happy with some the results.
I had Auto ISO on and a lot of the shots were grainy and dark, I am thinking this was a mistake. Now some of that had to do with the room conditions, stepped ceiling and hanging lights but I just don't think I got out of the D800 and the SB-910 what I would have expected. I do know I was very happy with the battery life for the D800 and the SB-910 and I think I only had two or three cases where the flash did not fire but the camera handled the shot just fine.
I am reading the book The Nikon Creative Lighting System: Using the SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, SB-910, and R1C1 Flashes by Mike Hagen, but it does not talk about Auto ISO or the D800.
I am working with the fire department on how best to take pictures while on scene as well with a flash during and after operations. We came to the conclusion that flashes during operations would be distracting but using a flash on clean-up and investigation pictures would be fine.
Nikon changed Auto ISO / flash interaction from what I call "functional" to "artistic" in between the D700 and D800. Older cameras try to light the scene with flash and increase ISO if the flash can't do the job. Newer cameras try to balance flash and background which in practice means you are always shooting at max ISO in bad light.