I am kinda new to the slr nikon d90 camera. I would like to take a clear photo of a low light setting without flash but have the subject on stage clear and not blurry. My clear area is usually in front of me, however, I would like my clear area to be far away. How do I obtain this?
I assume you know you have to use a tripod.
There are only 3 ways to control exposure: ISO, Aperture and shutter speed. It's all give and take. If you don't have a lens with a super wide aperture you just have to pretty much rely on luck to get a good shot and did I mention everyone on stage needs to be standing perfectly still?
You can boost your ISO but be careful, even with the D90 your photo can get grainy. Software can help with this somewhat. Do you have a 50 mm f2.8 lens? You can get a fairly inexpensive one and they work pretty good for this kind of thing but it is a fixed lens and you can't zoom in for close-ups.
I've been in this situation. I have a D80 and even with my 50mm f/1.8 it's tough depending on lighting. The kicker is that when you open it up to the f/2.8 vs f/4.0+ you're getting more light but you're also dropping your depth. I've learned to keep an eye on the lighting crew, not just the performers. If you can arrive to the event early and meet up with the people doing lighting then you can watch the preview of the show or get an itinerary. Take notes as to when you have more or less stage lighting. Then you can do a lot more - with or without a tripod; depending on how much you drag your shutter. If you can use a wide angle lens that opens up to f/2.0 or f/2.8 you're going to be much happier! You can slow the shutter more without losing too much clarity while opening her up to f/2.8 and keep more clarity. The light needs to come from somewhere and the camera needs to be told how to capture it. Good Luck! It's a fun thing to play with for sure! (beware of noise, even the D90 has some trouble at high ISO. I try to stay under ISO 1000, unless I want that effect.)
The bottom line on photographing people on stage is the camera's ability to use low light. Depending on the event lighting, I am shooting at a minimum of ISO 1600 and sometimes upward of 6400. Unfortunately, the only camera that does this well is the Nikon D3s. On the other end of the spectrum is glass. The lens should be a 2.8 or lower. This allows for a strong combination as lighting changes rapidly. Sometimes a real pain.
hi,I'm zaki. I use nikon D5000. why my photo always blur when I photographed in dark place and moving objects
hi,I'm zaki. I use nikon D5000. why my photo always blur when I photographed in dark place and moving objects??
As for me shooting the Nikon D700, I have certain settings for different scenarios.
My settings will be directly go for ISO 1600 for shutter speed at 1/125 at F/2.8 with SPOT METERING ....
Depends what the light is on stage, I will even go for shutter speed 1/250 and will vary the speed to have the needle in centre so it doesn't show over or under expose.
Also the exp compensation is important to adjust so you know YOU are in control and not the camera...
If you invest in fast lenses, you crank up the ISO with Spot Metering, you will not have any problems in low light ...