|11-04-2012, 10:34 AM||#4|
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Elgin, Il.
I don't think I could give you an all-around good setting because each situation around the world is different. I reviewed my images from last Christmas and found that I used a multitude of settings depending on what I was shooting and effect I was trying to achieve. I shot Osborne lights handheld and with a tripod on different nights. Anytime you are shooting at night the struggle is to keep up the shutter speed to avoid blur and keep the ISO and subsequent noise at an acceptable level. At night I'm not as concerned with aperture than I am with shutter speed and ISO. I'm not a Nikon shooter but I did look at the specs of your camera. Its specs are similar to my Pentax K10D with 10mp CCD sensor, 3 fps, ISO 1600. I don't know what ISO you are comfortable shooting with. On my K10 I don't like shooting above 800 whereas with my K5 it is 6400-12800.
Here is an example of Osborne lights handheld and tripod. You can check my EXIF information:
Osborne 12 by Terry McGraw Photography, on Flickr
Osborne 13 by Terry McGraw Photography, on Flickr
In the first I was trying for freeze action and the second motion. The type of lenses you have will also play into what you are able to do.
Then again here is a shot taken by the DW using her K10D handheld. How she showed motion and and not blurring everything else is beyond my comprehension. If I tried this shot, everything would be blurred.
Osborne Handheld Janet by Terry McGraw Photography, on Flickr
All my EXIF information is available on my Flickr page so feel free to look at that for some ideas.
|11-04-2012, 10:55 AM||#5|
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Join Date: Sep 2009
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FWIW, I had a D40 prior to the D90 I have now and found that I was generally unhappy with anything above ISO 800, although on my current camera I've been satisfied with much higher ISO settings.
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|11-04-2012, 12:18 PM||#6|
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Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: in the middle of Dallas/Fort Worth
My approach is to put the camera in shutter priority mode. (S on the Nikon). Use the minimum shutter speed I can get away with using that particular lens and then bump up the ISO as needed to get the exposure.
I'd get a fast lens, like a 35mm or 50mm if you're not using a tripod. It will make your life a little easier.
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