Shooting the D500 at extreme ISO- any tips for a darkness rookie?

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Shooting the D500 at extreme ISO- any tips for a darkness rookie?

Hi,

I am used to shooting whales at between 100-400 ISO and maybe up to 800 on an overcast day in order to preserve as much detail as possible. I had a project last Sunday where I went backstage during a theatrical performance and shot about 2000 14bit raw in very challenging light. I set auto ISO at 25,600 max and was able to get quite a few keepers. Mind you, I am an oil painter and using the shots for reference to make paintings, not displaying them in a gallery or online. I learned a few tricks about noise reduction using PScc but not that helpful. I did notice the better quality lenses did better than the kit one. I used three bodies (2-D500s and a D800) and kept the same lens on each camera throughout the 3 hr shoot. Wide/18-200dx-D500 Portrait/60fx-D800 Telezoom 70-200-D500.

I may get another try at the same venue soon and want to be better prepared this time. I also want to rent a better wide angle lens. Any advice or tips in processing would be very welcome. Bear in mind these are all handheld, even monopod too slow and cumbersome. I need to shoot at at least 1/125 and f/4 or more. Most look like very grainy black wand whites with tiny bits of color. Thank you!

Scott

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Nikon D300 Nikon D800 Nikon D500 Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
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