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User currently offlineCedric137 From Belgium, joined Oct 2009, 4 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3103 times:

I'd like to have some info about the ideal camera settings(shutter speed,ISO,.....)with Nikon d40.
On a bright day( no clouds)

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User currently offlineOthic From Sweden, joined Jun 2007, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3106 times:

1/500s f8 100iso

/othic



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User currently offlineCedric137 From Belgium, joined Oct 2009, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3101 times:

thank you very much.had already some pics rejected.
I'll try these settings


User currently offlineFX772LRF From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 675 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3080 times:

I have a Nikon D60, essentially a D40 with a better sensor. Easiest thing to do for sunny days is to set the camera to "A" mode, which is Aperture Priority, and set the aperture to f/8. Then the camera would let the shutter speed fluctuate to compensate for shadows, backlighting, and such.

Also, as Othic said, ISO100 and don't forget to white balance! It'll help your photos a lot if you white balance before shooting. For sunny as you said, you'd be best off with the "Sunny" white balance setting.

I hope this helps.

-Noah  wave 



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User currently offlineRonS From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 762 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3064 times:

I would have to ask two questions first. What are you trying to photograph, a moving aircraft or static aircraft?

What is your experience with moving aircraft if that is what you are trying to photograph?

If it is limited and you are a begginer at shooting moving aircraft, I would increase the ISO to 200 and drop the f a little bit, to get a higher shutter speed, around 1/1000th would be ideal.

Do this to get your timing down tracking the movement of a high speed aircraft and to learn how to steady the lens/camera. This will reduce your rejections from motion blur of the aircraft and I believe to an extent lens blur because the shutter is released very quickly.

Sun to your back at first also.

After you get used to this and get some keepers, I would then work on inproving the quality of your keepers, as those above have said, dropping the ISO to 100 and getting the f to 8, etc.

Static, same setting as Othic mentioned.

White Balance IMO to Auto.

Post what lens you have too.

Enjoy



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User currently offlineElmdon From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2009, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3060 times:

Hi all

I'd just like to say there is no ISO100 on the D40, 200 is the lowest setting.

As for settings, i use: RAW - iso 200 - aperture priority - daylight white balance (i've found the auto setting to be a bit unreliable).

Martin


User currently offlineRonS From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 762 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3039 times:



Quoting Elmdon (Reply 5):
I'd just like to say there is no ISO100 on the D40, 200 is the lowest setting.

Forgot about that. Correct.

Regarding the WB, if you're shooting in RAW this can easily be switched / corrected in Post Processing, that's why I shoot in AWB, it's approx 90% accurate IMO.



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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3035 times:



Quoting Elmdon (Reply 5):
I'd just like to say there is no ISO100 on the D40, 200 is the lowest setting

He is right so that 1/500th shutter won't work at that ISO. I would try 1/800 and go from there. Also warm up that WB a little or you will get cold pictures.


User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4881 posts, RR: 37
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3021 times:



Quoting RonS (Reply 6):

Regarding the WB, if you're shooting in RAW this can easily be switched / corrected in Post Processing, that's why I shoot in AWB, it's approx 90% accurate IMO.

Not always. It can be confused. I use around 4550K in day light, 5050K in cloudy conditions. That normally gets close to the desired results. If it doesn't get what I want, the correction needed in Camera Raw is usually not very big.  Smile


User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3018 times:



Quoting Cpd (Reply 8):
4550K in day light

On what body? With my D70 and D200 that would yield a blue cast capture all the time.


User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4860 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3018 times:
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In my experience, different cameras handle AWB differently. AWB on my 400D is pretty darn accurate, but on my 40D, it makes images way too cool (blue) for my taste. I prefer warmer images.

As stated already with RAW you can alter the WB settings after the image has been captured and that is one of the greatest benefits of shooting RAW. I have recently gotten in the habbit of setting custome white balance though. Very easy and if done right, very accurate.

[Edited 2009-11-08 18:28:17]


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User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 28
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2988 times:



Quoting Cpd (Reply 8):
4550K in day light

Really?

Far too cool. 5500k would be more like it.



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User currently offlineUnitedJumboJet From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2951 times:

Remember that the D40 doesn't have manual white balance.

My setting: On a sunny day, use aperture-priority mode. Set to ISO 200, aperture to f/8, and let the camera pick the shutter speed. Make sure it's around 1/500 or higher.

As for the other stuff, the info in the shooting info display:
Remember, to change the settings press the zoom in button (+) and use the arrow pad.
QUAL: I personally like to shoot RAW, pick whatever you use.
White balance: Set to whatever the lighting is, usually daylight (the sun logo)
ISO: 200
Shooting mode: Continuous [ ]]]
Focus mode: AF-continuous servo(AF-C)
AF area mode; Dynamic area [+[ ]+]
Metering: I use matrix personally(the top one)
Flash compensation: I normally don't use flash for aviation
Exposure comp: if the camera over or underexposes, use this. I usually set to -0.3 as my default.
Flash mode: I don't use flash for aviation

Lens settings:
AF- Set this to A or M/A normally, manual focus(M) is usually a last resort for aviation
VR(if your lens has this)-On. However if it's on a tripod turn it off.


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