Join me in New York City at Photo Plus Expo!
I'll be in New York City October 24-26 to attend Photo Plus Expo. While I'm there, I'll be presenting some tips and tricks for Nik Software, Tiffen USA, and Digital Silver Imaging. I'll be giving away free copies of some of my eBooks, so be sure to stop by.
Photo Walk with Jason Odell & Deborah Sandidge October 25th
I'm teaming up with photographer Deborah Sandidge to lead a free photo walk through Central Park on the afternoon of October 25th. You must RSVP here if you want to go.
We have a few special prizes that we'll be giving away, too!
Tip of the Month: Auto ISO for Low-Light Action Shots
|I used my Nikon D4 with Auto ISO (5600) to capture this photo of a bull elk in low light.|
One of the best features in newer DSLRs is the ability to use automatic ISO selection. This feature is perfect for situations where you need to shoot action in changing light, and don't want to continuously fiddle with your exposure settings. Auto ISO is particularly useful in newer cameras with good low-light performance, such as the Nikon D3/D4 or D700. The best way to use Auto ISO is when your camera is in Manual or Shutter-priority mode. However, newer cameras also let you set a minimum shutter speed when using Aperture-priority exposure mode.
For action shots, remember that a minimum shutter speed of 1/(focal length) is ok to produce reasonably sharp images, but isn't always enough to freeze action. For moving subjects, try to keep the shutter speed up to 1/500s at a minimum to get a sharp shot. On new cameras like the Nikon D4 and D800, you can use an "automatic" setting which sets the minimum shutter speed at 1/(focal length) by default, and changes with zoom lenses! You can further fine-tune this setting in your camera to be faster or slower than the default.
How to do it (Nikon DSLRs)
- Go to the Shooting Menu (Camera Icon) and select the ISO Sensitivity Settings item.
- From there, you can specify:
- Maximum sensitivity (the highest ISO the camera will choose)
- Minimum Shutter Speed
- On the newer cameras, you'll have an option for AUTO under Minimum Shutter Speed. If you highlight and select this item, you can fine-tune the setting to be faster or slower than the default option. I have my D800 and D4 cameras set to use a slightly faster setting (1 click to the right of baseline).
Tip: On the Nikon D4 and D800, you can enable/disable Auto ISO by holding down the ISO button and rotating the front command dial.
|Complete Guides to Nik Software Pro Plug-ins
I've now updated my popular "Nik Complete Reference Collection" to include my new guide to HDR Efex Pro 2.0. The Nik Software Reference Collection includes:
The Photographer's Guide to Color Efex Pro 4 (learn more)
The Photographer's Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2 (learn more)
The Photographer's Guide to Silver Efex Pro 2 (learn more)
When you purchase the bundle, you automatically save 20% off the individual list price of these comprehensive guides. Each guide is in PDF format and includes a set of my custom settings for each software plug-in.