Noise Control for BIF - Shoot to the right at higher ISO or set correct exposure im camera ?

Started Nov 27, 2012 | Discussions thread
Glenn_Sydney
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Re: Noise Control for BIF - Shoot to the right at higher ISO or set correct exposure im camera ?
In reply to Sailor Blue, Nov 27, 2012

Sailor Blue wrote:

The camera meter rarely gives you the correct exposure for the best results. You need to learn how to interpret the scene in front of you and correct the meter reading.

When you use the Expose To The Right technique properly you are greatly improving your chance of getting the correct exposure. When you get the exposure right you minimize noise and maximize the quality of your images.

I suggest you read my tutorial on how to use the Highlight Alert to make ETTR easier. You should also go back and read the original articles on ETTR by Michael Reichmann.

Sailorblue - Digital Photography Review - HA-ETTR: An Easier Way To Expose To The Right Using The Camera's Highlight Alert

For help and information on taking bird in flight images you should join the birdphotographers.net forum.

http://www.birdphotographers.net/forums/forum.php

You may also find the bird in flight photography tutorials on Photocamel useful.

http://photocamel.com/forum/tutorials/141176-photographing-birds-flight-1-exposure.html

http://photocamel.com/forum/tutorials/141264-photographing-birds-flight-2-settings.html

http://photocamel.com/forum/tutorials/141679-photographing-birds-flight-3-acquisition-skill.html

http://photocamel.com/forum/tutorials/141841-how-photograph-birds-flight-4-tracking.html

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Thanks for the links.

I have actually seen your tutorial before and as a matter of fact do currently use this method.  However, as stated, this quiet often means needing to up the ISO assuming that shutter speed cannot be reduced.  However I am not sure that the exposure obtained this way is "correct" (for example if the bird and scene is dark - lower than middle grey) and may require exposure reduction in post.  Not duing so would result in an unaturally bright bird and background.  So from a noise point of view, the question is whether it may not have been better to simply set the camera for the right exposure (and lower ISO) for a start ?.  your thoughts ?

Glenn

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