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.

Aperture Priority Practise around Old Portsmouth

Out with the Camera

So spent the other evening out around Old Portsmouth learning more about using Aperture Priority, so what is Aperture Priority you might ask yourself and what’s it all about.

Aperture Priority on your camera will allow you to set and control the F stop (the amount of light you let into your lens) whilst the camera controls the shutter speed required to capture the photograph.

Anchors Aweigh

ISO 100, 24mm, 1/8sec, f/10

The above image was taken just as the sun said goodnight, which allowed me to capture this anchor silhouette.

Night Photography

Out with the Camera

Taking photographs at night just after the sun has gone down and the stars have started to come out, is a great time to learn and practice both Nightscape and Long-Exposure Photography

As you still have enough natural light to see what you are doing and set up your camera before it gets too dark, and you can practice taking photos above 30sec without the use of an ND filter

Night Photography

Taking photos at night

One thing I learned whilst trying out night photography, and that’s don’t forget your torch as the light just goes so quickly, I was lucky as the D7000 comes with a backlight option. Without this option I wouldn’t of had a clue what my camera was set to on the display lol!!!

I took the above image with my D7000 setup on a tripod and used my shutter release cable to fire the shot, once again setting my camera to manual and using bulb the shot was taken using my iPhone as a stopwatch.

Camera Settings:

Manual Mode, ISO 100, 121sec, F4 at 12mm