Posted by: photographytuition | January 10, 2012

Nikon D7000 and high ISO,s

I was asked to photograph a Pony Club gathering on 21 December – just about the dullest time of the year and a photographers nightmare (no pun intended)!

The idea was to have a fancy dress competition for the ponies and riders. So not only were the riders dressed up but the ponies were too. Now the ponies are very used to carrying children of all shapes, sizes and abilities and are usually pretty bomb proof however they aren’t used to being dressed up in tinsel and funny hats so weren’t best pleased.

The light was appalling so I asked if flash would be OK. “Yes, no problem”. I tried it, they didn’t like it! The last thing I wanted to do was to make fractious ponies even worse so I switched the flash off.

This is where the D7000 comes into its own with its ability to produce excellent quality images at high ISO levels. I selected ISO 1600 and the results were more than satisfactory. Great quality A4 images from cropped images – no problem!

Nikon D7000 with 16-85mm lens at 23mm. ISO 1600, 1/125 sec f8.

Clearly this isn’t a prize winning photo and none of the others were either but in the real world of photography you’ve got to produce good quality images when the customer wants. You don’t have the luxury of waiting for better conditions.  Professional photography is a different beast to recreational photography.

You’re very welcome to try out a Nikon D7000 or other Nikon DSLR’s and lenses too, for free, if you come on one of my tuition sessions in the wonderful Brecon Beacons.

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