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Offline Scott S

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Another kind of auto mode
« on: September 17, 2015, 02:19:05 PM »
ok, I'll admit it, I get lazy. sometimes when I am shooting kids I stick the camera on P and use the adjust feature of the mode and just roll to the best combo for the scene, it simply takes too long to use manual. so, today I was playing with using auto ISO as a form of program.
it goes like this, say I'm at the park and the 4 year old is running around like crazy so I need a decent shutter speed, but want to control the aperture as well so I get what looks like a portrait. so I put the camera on manual and set the shutter to something like 500, or maybe even higher. I then set the aperture on some sweet spot the lense seems to like for portraits, say f4.5. I set the ISO so it can't go over 1600 and put it on auto. then as I shoot the slight fluctuations of light caused by my subject moving around the park are absorbed by the sliding of the ISO without loosing either shutter speed or aperture. when you simply have the camera in P, it uses mainly the aperture to compensate for light fluctuations. I was playing around shooting the same scene at the same settings to see where the ISO becomes a problem, and I have to admit that in good light you can see the graininess starting around 1600, but mainly only if you really blow the image up. for most people, you'll never notice it on an 11x14 or smaller. the one thing I did notice is that at 3200 and higher the colors drop off noticeably. even at 8x10, saturation is just poor. so I've limited ISO at 1600 and I'm going out tomorrow to put it to the test.
what do you guys think?

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Re: Another kind of auto mode
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2015, 10:23:54 AM »
I use that technique a lot, especially when shooting sports indoors when the lighting is variable and the action requires a shutter speed of around 1/1000th of a second to freeze action. My Auto ISO range is set to max at 6400 and I have found that LR's NR does a good job in PP. Better to get the shot than not! ;)
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Re: Another kind of auto mode
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2015, 12:15:13 PM »
I use that technique a lot, especially when shooting sports indoors when the lighting is variable and the action requires a shutter speed of around 1/1000th of a second to freeze action. My Auto ISO range is set to max at 6400 and I have found that LR's NR does a good job in PP. Better to get the shot than not! ;)

Are you still using a T2i like Scott and I?  I thought you moved on to something better.  6400 is pretty rough on the T2i.

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Re: Another kind of auto mode
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2015, 01:56:39 PM »
I use that technique a lot, especially when shooting sports indoors when the lighting is variable and the action requires a shutter speed of around 1/1000th of a second to freeze action. My Auto ISO range is set to max at 6400 and I have found that LR's NR does a good job in PP. Better to get the shot than not! ;)

Are you still using a T2i like Scott and I?  I thought you moved on to something better.  6400 is pretty rough on the T2i.

No, sorry, should have mentioned that this is with either a 5D Mk3 or 7D Mk2.
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Re: Another kind of auto mode
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2015, 04:48:43 PM »
I use that technique a lot, especially when shooting sports indoors when the lighting is variable and the action requires a shutter speed of around 1/1000th of a second to freeze action. My Auto ISO range is set to max at 6400 and I have found that LR's NR does a good job in PP. Better to get the shot than not! ;)

Are you still using a T2i like Scott and I?  I thought you moved on to something better.  6400 is pretty rough on the T2i.

No, sorry, should have mentioned that this is with either a 5D Mk3 or 7D Mk2.

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Re: Another kind of auto mode
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2015, 02:49:55 PM »
I use that technique a lot, especially when shooting sports indoors when the lighting is variable and the action requires a shutter speed of around 1/1000th of a second to freeze action. My Auto ISO range is set to max at 6400 and I have found that LR's NR does a good job in PP. Better to get the shot than not! ;)


Are you still using a T2i like Scott and I?  I thought you moved on to something better.  6400 is pretty rough on the T2i.


No, sorry, should have mentioned that this is with either a 5D Mk3 or 7D Mk2.


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Re: Another kind of auto mode
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2015, 09:53:14 AM »



 ;D

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Offline Scott S

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Re: Another kind of auto mode
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2015, 11:52:51 AM »
I've moved up to a T5i.
this one wasn't shot in the way I described, though I did shoot a few that way. in the end I just stuck it in auto. I think I might play with it on more stationary subjects for a while before I count on it completely.

here's a random shot I liked though.