I read an article about the difference in high ISO noise/processing somewhere online and had to really think twice. The image was of two model race cars standing on a race track and it was pretty easy to compare the images, but are they really accurate? How many times does it occur that high ISO is used on items standing absolutely still and all other settings may be set perfect? Another question that came to my mind was what about pixels? With my Nikon D800 there are enough pixels to make any model image so detailed that every little pore in his/her skin will show perfectly.
But does it really matter? Is this where the rubber meets the road?
When I am shooting dogs that are jumping or performing agility my settings do have to be stretched to the limits, and quite frankly the D800 is just almost good enough due to the speed of the dogs. The shutter needs to be roughly around 1/1250sek depending on angles, dog color or other factors. High iso in those conditions will push the camera further, and as we go along I will check out the differences in a later post or page.
Or in poor lighting it does not matter how many pixels or what the camera is capable of, in poor lighting it is purely up to the photographer to be prepared.
The below images are taken hand held with D800, 50MM without stabilizer or tripod:
The point made by the above images are that even though the ISO-noise is limited, when I am shooting below 1/20Sek it will be a clear benefit to have my tripod. My setting on this was not perfect with two kids running, klimbing and talking all the time so the owner has agreed with me so I can come back and do the shots in peace and quiet.
And THAT is the point. A 5 year old kid with a cheaper camera than mine and a tripod would be able to make the steady shots in this situation. I can have all the lenses and MegaPixels in the world but if my hand is shaking, it will not pay off.
However, with the D800 as a tool to create images with the correct preparations will generate world class top pictures, comparing to any other solution in the world. So keep in mind that to capture all the details in a situation or model will be possible when the details in preparations are cared for. Giving the camera good conditions to work with is the job of a photographer. When I go back it will be a different mindset than when stoping by on a open-day at the museum. The tripod, lenses, filters, backpack, memorycards etc will be ready. And if someone stops by with a compact camera I will be able to take a good, steady, clear picture with it. However I do have the benefit of actually shooting with a system that will produce a better result than a compact camera. And it will!
So do not belive that a supercamera will create super results on it’s own just because it is expensive and have tons of features. One shake or one missed focus will destroy the image, so prepare for the DETAILS!