February 3, 2014

Top Gear Live Official Photographer

(Nikon D800/D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G + Nikkor AFS 300mm f/2.8D) It's important to know your camera's weaknesses and strengths, especially when shooting in lighting conditions that are rapidly changing like below (shot for BBC's Top Gear Live). The Nikon D700 has the best highlight recovery of any DSLR I've used. The D800 has the best shadow recovery of any DSLR I've ever used. If I shot the car on fire with the D700, I would be less worried if the highlights were slightly blown. With the D800 I would err on the side of underexposure almost all the time. It's getting more popular now to bring up the shadows and/or decrease the highlights to add to the perceived dynamic range, but I feel as thought it looks too artificial - like the HDR (high dynamic range) photographs. Top Gear Live Official Photographer

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