D90 settings for stage ballet

Started Apr 11, 2012 | Discussions thread
adhall
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Re: D90 settings for stage ballet
In reply to anotherMike, Apr 12, 2012

thanks anotherMike, that filled in many of the details I left out with basically the same approach. You're also right about off with a faster shutter speed. 1/200 sec won't work of moving subjects, so perhaps start at 1/640 sec and adjust from there.

WhyteBalance, here's my amended procedure

1. Set your camera mode to 'M'
2. Set your metering mode to 'spot'
3. Set your shutter speed to 1/640 sec

4. Adjust your aperture (initially to 1 stop slower than open) and ISO value so that you are correctly exposing for the white outfits
5. Focus, frame, shoot

6. Check your histogram for blown highlights, zoom in and check for motion blur etc.

7. Repeat steps 5 & 6 adjusting shutter speed and aperture for your artistic preference...

Another tip you may find helpful when shooting in manual mode is that the metering indicator needle that you see in the view finder, moves in the same direction you push the command dial. e.g. if you're happy with your exposure but just want to slow the shutter speed down by a stop, push the rear command dial three clicks to the right and push the front command dial three clicks to the left. After a while, you get used to it and just rotate both at the same time. It's really quite fast.

Hope this isn't too much information overload for you...

regards,
Andrew

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