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Aug 12, 2019 23:06:51   #
RahulKhosla
 
What is the recommended ISO setting in a D850 - both for A and S modes - to enable fast shutter speeds especially for shots of flying birds.
Should I put a minimum / maximum limit and what should the ISO sensitivity setting be?

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Aug 12, 2019 23:31:15   #
Kozan Loc: Trenton Tennessee
 
RahulKhosla wrote:
What is the recommended ISO setting in a D850 - both for A and S modes - to enable fast shutter speeds especially for shots of flying birds.
Should I put a minimum / maximum limit and what should the ISO sensitivity setting be?


I suggest you contact Steve Perry and download his eBook on Wildlife photography. He does a great job of explaining all the settings that he uses. https://backcountrygallery.com/secrets-to-stunning-wildlife-photography/

Download the eBook. You will be glad you did.

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Aug 12, 2019 23:31:46   #
Retired CPO Loc: Travel full time in an RV
 
RahulKhosla wrote:
What is the recommended ISO setting in a D850 - both for A and S modes - to enable fast shutter speeds especially for shots of flying birds.
Should I put a minimum / maximum limit and what should the ISO sensitivity setting be?


That's a pretty wide open question. It all depends on the lighting available. If you are using auto ISO then, yes you should probably set an upper and lower ISO limit. Those limits would depend on what you consider is too noisy due to high ISO. What do you consider to be a fast enough Shutter Speed for flying birds? Do you want to "freeze" wing motion? On what kind of bird? That would be a different speed whether you are photographing Hummingbirds or Vultures. ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture are the three corners of the exposure triangle. Each one affects the other to properly expose an image at any given light level. You will have to do some learning of the basics and some practicing to even form the right question to get the answer that you are looking for. Sorry, but that's just the way it works.

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Aug 13, 2019 01:12:15   #
rook2c4 Loc: Philadelphia, PA USA
 
RahulKhosla wrote:
What is the recommended ISO setting in a D850 - both for A and S modes - to enable fast shutter speeds especially for shots of flying birds.
Should I put a minimum / maximum limit and what should the ISO sensitivity setting be?


Experiment, analyze results and practice - then you will have your answer. With a digital camera, there is no excuse not to do those things to figure out what works best.

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Aug 13, 2019 01:13:21   #
RichardTaylor Loc: Sydney, Australia
 
You may find this tutorial, here on UHH, helpful.

https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-573456-1.html

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Aug 13, 2019 07:33:10   #
Gene51 Loc: Yonkers, NY, now in LSD (LowerSlowerDelaware)
 
RahulKhosla wrote:
What is the recommended ISO setting in a D850 - both for A and S modes - to enable fast shutter speeds especially for shots of flying birds.
Should I put a minimum / maximum limit and what should the ISO sensitivity setting be?


Shoot manual with auto ISO - this way you can pick your shutter speed and aperture to suit the circumstances, then allow the camera to pick the ISO. Using the spot meter with highlight protection will help a bit with avoiding highlight blowout. If you are happy with the results of a properly exposed image at ISO 6400, then that is your high limit.

For hummingbirds, if you want to freeze the wing movement, then 1/2000 or shorter works. If you want some wing blur, then 1/1000. If you want the wings to disappear, 1/250 or slower. The closer the subject is, the shorter the shutter speed you'll need.

The best thing is to go out with your camera and see what works for you and your lenses. Faster lenses will give you more flexibility, but when used wide open and close to the minimum focus distance, an F4 600mm lens or at F2.8 a 400mm lens will not have the depth of field to capture a small bird like a sparrow in full focus from front to back.

Go out and play and post results.

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Aug 13, 2019 07:34:48   #
RahulKhosla
 
Thank you Gene. Will do ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

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Aug 13, 2019 07:48:49   #
billnikon Loc: Pennsylvania/Ohio/Florida/Maui/Oregon/Vermont
 
RahulKhosla wrote:
What is the recommended ISO setting in a D850 - both for A and S modes - to enable fast shutter speeds especially for shots of flying birds.
Should I put a minimum / maximum limit and what should the ISO sensitivity setting be?


If your talking auto ISO, I am one that never uses it. I like aperture priority because I like to control the shutter speeds, I also like to set my ISO. I shoot flying birds A LOT.
I use an ISO that will give my a shutter speed of at least 1/2000 sec. and like 1/4000 sec. when I can get it because 1/4000 sec. will freeze the wing tips.
So, for me, I like to control everything I can to assure that I shoot FAST, using my D850 I have gone as far as ISO 12000 to get a shot with NO ill effects.
The Cattle Egret photographed below was taken at 1/8000 sec. at an ISO 3200 because the bird was flying very close and fast, Aperture Priority, center weighted, group auto focus, continuous auto focus, D850, Nikkor 500mm f5.6 E PF ED VR. This is a male and he is in full mating colors.



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Aug 13, 2019 08:30:28   #
donald4u
 
I shoot Manual plus Auto ISO. I am a big fan of Steve Perry. He is a wildlife photographer. Also I use Nikon Focusing by Michael the Maven. It is like a refresher course for me. To stop action at least 1/2000 of sec. Use a high ISO to give me the range.

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Aug 13, 2019 08:36:44   #
lamontcranston
 
billnikon wrote:

The Cattle Egret photographed below was taken at 1/8000 sec. at an ISO 3200 because the bird was flying very close and fast, Aperture Priority, center weighted, group auto focus, continuous auto focus, D850, Nikkor 500mm f5.6 E PF ED VR. This is a male and he is in full mating colors.


Beautiful shot Bill.

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Aug 13, 2019 08:47:50   #
repleo Loc: Boston
 
[quote=Gene51]..... The closer the subject is, the shorter the shutter speed you'll need. /quote]

Hadn't heard that before, but it makes sense. That's my 'learn something new everyday' for today.
Thanks Gene.

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Aug 13, 2019 08:48:15   #
RahulKhosla
 
Absolutely wow !

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Aug 13, 2019 08:50:11   #
RahulKhosla
 
So itโ€™s really personal it seems. Some like to use Manual mode and auto ISO - others like Aperture priority and set their ISO. I guess both will work.....

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Aug 13, 2019 08:52:53   #
billnikon Loc: Pennsylvania/Ohio/Florida/Maui/Oregon/Vermont
 
lamontcranston wrote:
Beautiful shot Bill.


Many thanks.

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Aug 13, 2019 08:57:04   #
RahulKhosla
 
The corollary question I have is this - what does one do when there is low light (dusk or dawn), because despite using a Nikon 300mm prime or a 70-200 with f/2.8, how does one get shutter speeds of the type you describe with Aperture priority?

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