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Month: November, 2008

Auto ISO

I always thought that the auto ISO on the Nikon D3 is a gimmick but after sorting it out properly, it seems to be invaluable specially when it comes to sports photography.

On 26 November Celtic FC played Supersport United in a PSL match and I put the auto ISO to use. I set the D3 on Aperture priority with an aperture on F5 and the ISO on 200.  The Auto ISO settings were as follows; Maximum ISO 3200 and the minimum shutter speed on 1/800 sec. What does all this mean? If the light is enough (in the sunlight) my ISO setting will be on 200 with the aperture on F5 and the shutter speed will be 1/800 sec and higher.  If the light is not enough(in the shade of the pavilion) the ISO will kick in automatically and will go up higher so that the aperture can stay on F5 and the minimum speed of 1/800sec can still be obtained. Nice hey!

In the Photo below of Soul Mmethi the Auto ISO kicked in and went up to ISO 800. The aperture was on F5 and the shutter on 1/800 sec.



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Corporate Portraits

On 19 November we took some photos of model Stephanie. These photos are to be sold on stock image banks, such as Istockphoto, to Advertising companies across the globe.  We tried to create a corporate feel to the portraits as we felt that Stephanie have the perfect look for such photos.

The setup in the studio was quite basic ,as always (I believe in ‘less is more’).  We used a white background with two studio lights on it and overexposed the background with 1.5 stops. One must always be carefull not to overexpose a white background too much (more than 2 stops) since the stray light shining into the lens will make the photos look dull and a  flat.

At the back right hand side I placed a Studio light fitted with a snoot aiming directly at Stephanie’s hair.  From the front left I used one Studio light fitted with a 1m Softbox (quite close to Stephanie’s face) and from the the right hand side a big white polystyrene board throwing some light back into her face. Stephanie was standing 3m from the background.

I used the Nikon D2X and the 70-200mm F2.8 lens. The settings were 1/125sec at F14  and a ISO of 200. The White Balance was set on 4800 Kelvin.


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Food Photography

Tuesday 11 November I decided to shoot a few stock images.  We decided on fruit and this time on a black infinity table instead of the normal white surface. I used a basic food photography light setup in the studio based on two Elinchrom lights fitted with a softbox on each.  


1.  Black infinity table

2.  Nikon D3 with 105 F2.8 Macro lens

3.  Elinchrom studio light with 1m softbox

4.  Elinchrom studio light with 0.5m softbox

5.  Big white polistyrene board 

6.  Fruit


My setting on the camera were 1/125 sec at F32 on ISO 500.




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Super Seals Champs

On Friday 31 October and Saturday 1 November 2008 we covered the Superseals Gala and i once again realised why more than 70% of the photos i took for the last 11 years were of swimming.  The reason for this is the beauty of capturing the water and patterns it make when a swimmer is gliding through the water.  To do this one must use a shutter fast enough that freezes the water and a aperture small enough so that the dept off field is big enough. 

I used my Nikon D3 and 600m F4 lens with my settings as follow; 1/2000sec at F6.3 ISO: 1250. Picture Control setting were on Vivid.  With a bigger aperture say for example F4 the dept of field would have been to shallow and to little of the water would have been in focus.

And as in any sport there are always some nice photo on the side to be taken as the medals above and of cause the fellow below. Maybe someday he will swim for South Africa but at the moment he can’t understand why he is not allowed to go and play rugby with his mates

As with any photography late afternoon is always a good time to take photos because of the warmness of the light available.

The camera settings were 1/2500 at F6.3 ISO: 1250.


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