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Thoughts on ISO on BIF?

Discussion in 'Photography Tips, Tricks & Tutorials Forum' started by Pteranadon, Oct 5, 2018.

  1. Pteranadon

    Pteranadon Always on Premium Member

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    As I am trying to get better results in shooting, what are your ideas/ settings on ISO when shooting in flight birds?
    Do you select "auto" and what extent do keep it at? 800? Higher?
    Recent outing and I believe I should be shooting 1/1000-1/2000 sec shutter speed.
    If I had not posted this, next time out i would presumably set iso on auto 100-1200 and in doing so i am speaking with a fair amount of sunlight.
     
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  2. Ozzie_Traveller

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    G'day Marc

    I think that your logic is going in the right direction and the auto-ISO side of things will be useful

    It goes without saying that a 'damn-fast-speed' is needed for successful BiF pics .... and for those of us shooting > 300mm then we're talking 1/2500s & upwards. Also for a half-decent 'big lens' of the 150-600 ilk, it will be shooting at [maybe] F5,6 or F8 on many days, so putting the two together, I can well see that on a bright day, your ISO may float in the 800-1600 range, but late in the day or with a bit of cloud about, I can see the ISO going thru 1600. Just where it stops is anyone's guess
     
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  3. Mike Singh

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    Hi Marc
    This is what I do as well and even go up to ISO 3200 to maintain a shutter speed >= 1/1000. Better to have a noisey sharp image than a blurry one. I've been watching Tim's videos recently. His channel is very helpful:



     
  4. Pteranadon

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    @Mike Singh
    Appreciate the time. Helpful and puts it in my memory to not forget exposure comp in the mix of things.
    Thanks and the videos are to the point.
     
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    As you know a shot with noise present is far better than a shot with motion blur, most of the latest noise reduction plug-ins do a great job, but I have yet to see a plug in for motion or focus blur.
    Paul
     
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    This is the best exposure compensation tutorial for birds I've come across!
     
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