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    Animal photography: how to set up your camera for expressive portraits

    | Photography Tips | Wildlife | 02/11/2013 00:01am
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    Using Auto ISO for animal photography

    When you hear the words ‘Auto ISO’ you might imagine this is a feature designed for novices. On Nikon D-SLRs, though, it means something quite different.

    It’s a way of using the lowest ISO you can get away with while still getting shutter speeds fast enough to avoid camera shake or subject movement.

    It’s useful in changeable lighting conditions like these, where you may be in sunlight one minute and a darkened barn the next.

    Using Auto ISO for animal photography: Auto ISO options

    Auto ISO options
    Open the Shooting menu and pick ISO sensitivity settings. Set the ISO sensitivity auto control to On, then set the maximum ISO you want and the slowest shutter speed.

     

    Using Auto ISO for animal photography: looking sheepish

    Looking sheepish
    The camera will then increase the ISO as far as it needs to in order to achieve this minimum speed. This picture was taken at 1/125 sec at ISO2500 – an ideal compromise between speed and quality where the camera did all the tricky calculations and all we had to do was press the shutter button.

    PAGE 1: Set up your camera to shoot animal photography
    PAGE 2: Using Auto ISO for animal photography
    PAGE 3: Final tips for expressive animal photography

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    Posted on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips, Wildlife.

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