Bird in flight with D90

Started Mar 31, 2013 | Discussions thread
Brev00 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,216
Re: Bird in flight with D90

I am not a big fan of matrix metering.  You always have to add or subtract ev!  I would rather spot meter in manual mode.  Then, I just move the two dials to get the exposure I want.  In my exif, you will see matrix for my shots.  But, I set up the fn button (inset to the right of the lens) for spot metering.  Then, I can use the focal point to spot meter select areas in a scene.  Often, the brightest part of a scene is in the sky.  I will spot meter that and then overexpose that spot 1-2 stops usually by slowing down my shutter speed.  With birds in flight, you want to make sure your shutter speed is appropriately fast.  I shoot raw so I can recover the brighter details. Once I set the exposure, I am fine . . . until the light changes.  One of the few good things about cloudy weather is the light is pretty even.  If the light is changing a lot, I will switch to aperture mode with some   -ev (usually).  Auto iso is good because you can set a minimum shutter speed.  Shutter priority is something I use, too, if setting the exact shutter speed is key.  A lot of this comes more from shooting sports than birds.  I am no expert but the more you know how to control exposure in different ways the better.  You seem to have good control of the autofocus. Getting sharp shots is a very good place to start.

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