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Old 14-12-2007, 19:30   #1 (permalink)
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Nikon D300 - shooting portraits by window light

I've always preferred taking portraits with natural light from a window, but you are then at the mercy of the weather / lighting, plus location having enough window light etc.

With the release of the Nikon D300 though, with it's superb ISO handling at high numbers, it got me thinking .... pushing that extra ISO with a 50 or 85mm f/1.8 lens fully open should allow for more opportunity for shooting with natural light

Mmmm, could do with testing a D300 in real life scenarios to see how it copes
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Re: Nikon D300 - shooting portraits by window light

didn't you just recently upload a pic at high iso that was favourably commented on?

stop spending money on this, you clearly don't need to!
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Re: Nikon D300 - shooting portraits by window light

You been speaking to my wife
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Old 14-12-2007, 20:17   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Nikon D300 - shooting portraits by window light

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I've always preferred taking portraits with natural light from a window, but you are then at the mercy of the weather / lighting, plus location having enough window light etc.

With the release of the Nikon D300 though, with it's superb ISO handling at high numbers, it got me thinking .... pushing that extra ISO with a 50 or 85mm f/1.8 lens fully open should allow for more opportunity for shooting with natural light

Mmmm, could do with testing a D300 in real life scenarios to see how it copes
You know it makes sense - and you get to put the Audi in the garage!
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Re: Nikon D300 - shooting portraits by window light

If I'd recently sold 2 cars to pay off more of my mortgage and had the luxury of a pretty aimless thousand pounds, I think I know where I'd spend it.













Its your mortgage, btw
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Old 14-12-2007, 20:22   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Nikon D300 - shooting portraits by window light

lol .... trust me, I won't flitter it away . Like most men I'll look & dream, look a bit longer, then the missus would have syphoned it all away by then

Last time I upgraded from D70 to D200 , the jump justified it..... but I don't think the D300 offers a big enough jump to justify spending double the value of the s/h D200 .... in my eyes anyway
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Re: Nikon D300 - shooting portraits by window light

If you're looking to shoot available light portraits with window light as the source, I'd strongly recommend using a reflector of some sorts as a fill light source. I use the Lastolite Tri-Grip 8-in-1 system and it allows for results such as this:



The great thing about using a reflector for fill-in is that you don't end up mixing colour temperatures and/or using colour balancing gels... a necessity for strobelit shots to look natural.

EDIT: This shot was 1/40 sec, f/3 and ISO 400, using the 70-200VR lens at 105mm. A D300 would allow for similarly clean results at about ISO 800 ~ 1250.
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