Last night I knew I would need ISO6400, which I’ve been avoiding for about a year. Gwen Ifill from PBS came to Santa Barbara and I was to photograph her at my office and at UCSB’s Campbell Hall, where she spoke as part of the Arts & Lectures program.
I was pleasantly reminded that an ISO6400 image still looks good if properly exposed, but it’s up to me to get the exposure right when I have to shoot in low light situations. The trick, in my opinion, is to err on the side of overexposing, because you can dial down some of the high-ISO noise when you darken the image in post-processing. I could be wrong, but it seemed to work.
I was really pleased to rediscover the joys of ISO 6400 on the D7000. I just have to remember that the camera can deliver if I do MY job. I also rediscovered the joys of my 70-200 f/2.8 for something other than bird photos, but that’s another blog post. It was also an absolute pleasure to spend time with Ms. Ifill, who is smart, funny, thoughtful, and insanely well-informed. Plus, it was a a rare joy to photograph someone who is accustomed to having cameras pointed at her every day and was therefore patient, tolerant, and pleasant throughout.