Increasing that ISO range

Out with the Camera

Ok, January / February’s weather in the Uk can be very hit and miss, with anything from heavy rain, high winds and sometimes even snow. Well, this year so far has been different from previous years apart from one thing, and that’s me trying my hardest to get out more with my camera.

So with camera kit all packed and strong winds forecast to be hitting the UK, I headed off down to Hayling Island to try and capture the waves hitting the beach front. However, instead, I found myself taking photographs of something I’ve never tried until now, that something was kite and windsurfing.

Play Time

90mm, ISO 800, 1/8000 sec at f/7.1

Trying to capture these guys crashing through the waves was great fun. I found myself learning more and more about increasing ISO settings to therefore increasing shutter speeds. By increasing the ISO, you also start to increase digital noise, but where the sky is overcast and grey this isn’t an issue.

Surfing the Waves

90mm, ISO 500, 1/6400 sec at f/9.0

Both of the above images as you can see, where both taken with a low ISO rating. However for someone who normally just uses ISO 64 – 100 this for me was a learning curve, and I started to put into practice what I’ve learned about the exposure triangle.

Up And Away -320

200mm, ISO 1000, 1/8000 sec at f/9.0

The remaining part of the day saw me starting to play with ISO settings up into the 1000+ range, trying to capture that sharp action shot.

Standing Strong

78mm, ISO 800, 1/8000 sec at f/7.1

Before heading off home for a nice hot drink, and an evening of photo editing to see what I had managed to capture.

I will be going back and trying these style of photography again due to being great fun and it really helps me learn more.


Family Wedding

Out with the Camera

So after my attempt at taking photographs at a total strangers Wedding, this time I got to take photographs at my sister-in-law’s Wedding. To be open and truthful I found this so much easier as the guest and the family all knew who I was lol!!

The Blessing

The Blessing

With the camera set to Manual Mode and ISO Sensitivity setting set to ON (minimum ISO 100 Maximum ISO 3200, I set about trying to capture images from inside the church, getting the white balance correct was a challenge as an amateur but managed it towards the end.

Bride & Groom

Bride & Groom

Switching the white balance between Day Light and Fluorescent Light I managed to capture a range of nice photography both inside and outside, however by setting my Nikon D7000 to shot in NEF (RAW) it did allow me to edit and improve the photos when I forgot to switch between the two white balance settings 😉

Mirror MIrror on the Wall

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

A great trick I also learned, is that converting Wedding Photographs to Black & White works really really well, it adds style to the photograph whilst also helping to hide those silly mistakes you make as an amateur photographer with still so much to learn.

Happy Couple

Happy Couple

Congratulation to the Bride & Groom,



Vintage Cars on Track

Out with the Camera

It started out as just when of then days when you get called into work to fix an issue, but this time the caller said make sure you bring your camera?

That’s was a very strange way to finishes a phone which started with I need your help to fix my computer, so with camera gear packed and on idea what IT issue I was turning up at work for on a Saturday I arrived to see these amazing vintage racing cars on track

Number 10

Vintage Race Car

So IT issues all fixed, I sat down by the side of the motor circuit and set my Nikon D7000 onto Shutter Priority Mode, using our new 70 – 200mm 2.8 VR lens I practised capturing these vintage motor cars racing around the circuit.

Classic Racing Car

Classic Racing Car

By using Shutter Priority to capture these type of shots, you control the speed the image is taken whilst allow the camera to control the required Aperture setting. This allows you to add blur when required or capture a clear sharp image.


Classic Car Classic Shot

Classic Racing Cars



HMS Victory Using Auto ISO

Camera skills

HMS Victory located within Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

The Victory was built back in 1860 and due to the age of the ship and the artifacts onboard, you are NOT allowed to take flash photography. This restriction on using flash, therefore, made this trip the best time to practice using my D7000 with the following setting enabled, Auto ISO turned On and set ISO 100 – 3200 with a minimum Shutter Speed of 1/15 sec. You can set the ISO level to your cameras maximum ISO, however, this will increase the digital noise within the image which you don’t really want.

ISO 3200, 14mm, 1/20 sec, f/4

ISO 3200, 14mm, 1/20 sec, f/4

Thanks to using Auto ISO on my D7000 and by slight also increasing the exposure level by +1.3 I was able to capture the above image in very poor lighting conditions without the need of a Tripod.

ISO 160, 20mm, 1/250 sec, f/11

ISO 160, 20mm, 1/250 sec, f/11

With Auto ISO enabled, once back outside I didn’t need to worry much about the overcast weather, as once again Auto ISO allowed the camera to increase the ISO level when needed, as the above image shows

Using and setting up Auto ISO on a Nikon camera is easy it’s not cheating, it’s a great camera function for when shooting in poor lighting when a flash gun isn’t allowed to be used, but you want to capture that action

What you waiting for, find the Auto ISO setting on your camera and give it a try.

Fields of Gold

Camera skills

The evening skies are blue and the countryside has broken into colour, so it’s a great time to get out and practice using Aperture Priority and different ISO settings to capture the colours of spring.

ISO 200, 24mm, 1/3200 sec, f/4

ISO 200, 24mm, 1/3200 sec, f/4

The above photo was taken whilst driving home from work using my Nikon D7000 set to Aperture Priority. However, this image was also taken with my camera set to a function called Auto ISO. This camera function allows you to set a minimum and maximum ISO and Shutter Speed setting on your camera.

With Auto ISO set, your camera will Automatically increase or decrease the ISO and Speed levels you have selected if need and therefore helping you capture the image using the best exposure levels.

Old Watermill

Out with the Camera

Lovely spring day, had the day off work so thought I would get out practicing taking more photos.

So mountain bike out, camera kit all packed and off I went. I hadn’t been cycling for long when I came across this lovely old watermill just outside of Petersfield in Hampshire.

ISO 100, 13mm, 0.8 sec, f/22

ISO 100, 13mm, 0.8 sec, f/22

Using Shutter Speed Priority to help slow down the movement of the water, and then converting to black-white using Adobe Lightroom when I got home, I managed to achieve the above image.

The day was also spent taking time to practice using both ND and GD Cokin filters, using these filters together can help slow down your camera speed on bright sunny days, and also help capture any cloud cover there maybe

ISO 100, 13mm, 0.8 sec, f/22

ISO 100, 13mm, 0.8 sec, f/22

When using both Neutral Density and Gradual Density filters together, you need to take care. As doubling up filters can create an unwanted purple tint on occasions.

Also Comes in Red

Out with the Camera

Just got to love working at Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, yesterday I was lucky enough to capture a Spitfire burning off excess fuel, and today’s lunch break has been spent watching people test drive Ferrari’s.

Which provided me with the opportunity to practice Shutter Speed Priority, whilst trying to add that slight blurring motion to the background, as I hope the below image shows

ISO 100, 70mm, 1/160 sec, f/11

ISO 100, 70mm, 1/160 sec, f/11

Just a shame I only got to practice with my Nikon D7000, and didn’t get chance to test drive this lovely looking Ferrari 😉

Daughter joins JustGreatShots

Quick update

So after a lovely walk around Petersfield and Steep Marsh in Hampshire with the family and our camera’s, it would appear that JustGreatShots has a new amateur photographer within the group. Our daughter Jessica spent the day playing with her Nikon D3200, learning how to use both Shutter and Aperture Priority and trying to get to grips with Depth of Field.

ISO 800, 75mm, 1/640, f/5.3

ISO 800, 75mm, 1/640 sec, f/5.3

The above image was taken whilst she learned about Shutter Priority, with the below image being taken whilst she learned and practice using Aperture Priority on her camera. This was her first time taking photos not using AUTO, so if my 17-year-old daughter can do it, so can you 😉

ISO 140, 105mm, 1/160sec, f/11

ISO 140, 105mm, 1/160 sec, f/11

Go on give it a go, switch that mode dial over from Auto