Car... sunset... D90... what else can I say? Gorgeous reflections, deep colors, great lines... Sorry if it's too long, could not stop! I'm only learning After Effects and my way around the D90 so let me know what you think.
Shot with the Nikon D90 / 18-105mm kit lens (over entire focal range)
So there are a few recipes for great results with the D90. I just thought I'd reference these, as they helped me get the best results. Thank you all for sharing your success. I will also describe my very simple method that I use with the kit lens.
It is very exciting to see an entire new rise to "filmmaking" by us, the ordinary folk, who can't afford 5k video camera.
Strap on a Nikon Nikkor 50/1.4 (or Similar) and try this:
1. Without engaging LV mode, set the camera in Manual Mode. If you're already in Live View, exit. NOTE: The Viewfinder will automatically disengage the meters (AE-L (hold)) If you wait too long. The original time is four (4) seconds. You can set the time-limit to a longer length by going to: Menu > Custom Settings (Pencil Icon) > C (Timers/Ae-Lock) > Auto Meter-off Delay > Select amount of time.
2. Turn on AE-L (hold), you can check to see if it's active by peerin' into the viewfinder for the AE-L icon.
3. Close your Iris down to an f5.6 ~ 8
4. Aim the camera at a wall or surface that's brightly lit. It should not be blown out, but bright. ....I would say just about sixty-percent (60%) Exposed or a little more.
5. Activate LV mode.
6. Open the Iris to a 2.8 or 1.4 and check the cleanliness. Not to mention the 1/30 ~ 1/60th shutter. Mmmmm. Delightful.
My recipe is a combination of the two and thats why I wanted to reference them. I don't yet have a manual lens where I can adjust the aperture, it is coming though. So for those with an Auto lens (without aperture ring) here it goes:
- set the camera into manual mode
- choose your aperture (I usually go for the lowest f-stop, 3.5 on the kit lens) | if anyone can confirm that the D90 actually uses the "set" aperture in manual mode *because I am doubtful, but I still do it* that would be helpful
- activate LV
- evaluate yourself, the subject you are shooting by looking at it in the LCD, and decide if you need more or less light
- if you need less light, point the camera at a brighter object, the iso will adjust to a lower value and lock it with the AE-L(hold) button - this is the perfect situation as you will only decrease the grain and noise by doing this.
- if you need more light, point at a darker object until you have "enough" light, lock AE, point at your subject and evaluate if it is OK. Obviously, there will be a point when there is just not enough light and 'slower' lenses (f-3.5 and up) will not be able to provide noiseless picture. In that case, you do need a fast lens, f1.4 or 1.8.
- you will hopefully not see any grain on the LCD, use the screen zoom (magnifying glass with a +) to see better.
I apologize if this is a no-brainer, I certainly am not an expert I just want to share my findings.
My 50mm 1.8 should be coming soon, I'll let you know how it handles.
So far, the kit lens is fantastic for anything but lower level indoor lighting.
Ps. Sorry for this automotive theme going on... I have a nice video of grain elevators, but I ran out of my Vimeo Upload Quota... 500MB/wk? Are you kidding? Vimeo Guys, why not steal some space from Google!