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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 4:40 am 
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During my upcoming trip to HK, I'm going to go on a dolphin watching trip. For camera settings, is it best just to leave the camera (D80-18-200mm) on shutter priority? Are there any other settings I should change manually or is it best to leave ISO, white balance on auto?
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After playing a lot with fully auto, aperture- and shutter-priority I can say that much: fully auto seems to go to pretty fast shutter speeds - light permitting, but if you're shooting at low light, it will go down to the lowest permitted shutter-speed before upping the ISO (assuming you're on auto-ISO, which I recommend!).
So to be on the safe side with regard to shutter speeds, use shutter priority plus auto-ISO. That way the body cranks up auto-ISO all the way. BUT it will not reduce the shutter speed when the light is even dimmer. So you might end up with a perfectly sharp but well underexposed pic in that way.
Assuming that there is enough light though, shutter-prio is ok!

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Thanks for that Thomas. It's a morning trip with the boat leaving around 9am so there should be plenty of light. I'll have a practice on some fast moving objects before the day we go to see what works best.

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On a boat, ok! Then high shutter speed is the first and foremost priority. The boat sways, you need to zoom in and the dolphins are fast moving. Not a good mixture for long shutter-speeds :!:

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