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WHEN HIGH ISO COME IN HANDY

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PHOTOGRAPHY by KRISS on 23 august 2016

Harsh summer light is not ideal to work with but sunset time during summer in Nerja, south of Spain isn’t much better.
You get about half an hour to get the sun from too bright to complete disappearance.
Understanding that, taking on the challenge to shoot 2 clients with each 3 sets of clothes was pure madness.
Then it’s sometimes difficult to explain clients the advantages of sticking to one set of clothes and light and take the time to do things right.

I was lucky to have two excellent assistants, my son and my friend Jimmy and I managed to get out some nice shots.

Ok what I actually want to write about is managing high ISO values to clear a background when your photoshoot lasted longer than anticipated and you’re almost in the dark.
It was the case for these shots at ISO100, with my lights at full power.
I would have got very contrasted ugly shots.
The first thing you need to do is to set the ISO button at a practical place.
On most Nikon bodies you can set the video record button (the little red one next to shutter release) to that effect.

Being able to quickly access your ISO will help you tremendously.
Since light can change rapidly, working fast is crucial.
I immediately moved to higher ISO, judging by the look of it that ISO4000 would probably be sufficient to get nicer dark blue skies.
I tried a quick shot without bothering changing the lights just to check my background.
Once that was good, I worked my way down on light settings, shooting most of the shoot at 1/64 of the 360W power of the bare bulb flash.

Every 5 minutes I would have a look at my shots just to make sure the sky hadn’t change and when it did, I increased the ISO a little more and moved my assistants a little bit further.

Working that way I managed to get coherent light on the last series of shots I took that night.
This is one of the reason I got the Nikon D4s in the first place, being able to get clean results in low light and it is comfortable to know you can go up to such value without worrying ! By the way, much cheaper camera bodies have similar ISO performance now but I know this is something very important to look for unless you have zillion watts of power and you can have fun setting up a million dollar shoot !

#photography #beach #technique

WHEN HIGH ISO COME IN HANDY

WHEN HIGH ISO COME IN HANDY

WHEN HIGH ISO COME IN HANDY

WHEN HIGH ISO COME IN HANDY

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