I’ve just added a new video to the Nail The Shot series! This time we’ll talk about a giraffe silhouette I captured at sunset and discuss the logistics and settings that went into creating it.
Also, this is in the new, single-image format we tried a few weeks ago. Thank you to everyone who commented – it seems like the new, shorter format is a hit! Also, this is now a playlist on YouTube.
Oh, and I did make some tweaks per your suggestions – including a slide with all my settings. Check it out and let me know what you think.
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Hi Steve, again thanks for a great video on a very useful subject. Just a quick query: the advice for not using image stabilization usually centers around when the camera is mounted on a tripod which is fine. I realize also that it is not necessary when using high shutter speeds. Can I ask what would you say is the cut off point for not using stabilization, in other words what is the lowest shutter speed you would use with stabilization turned off? Again, thanks and I’m looking forward to the next video in this ‘single image’ series.
I just re-read your Nikon Z autofocus book again. And it was better the second time around, who could have guessed! I thought that my Z5 was broken when it came time to use Nikon flash and the commander unit. Just couldn’t get the darn camera to trigger my flash. Then I read a sentence on page 469
“(Silent photography mode and flash don’t mix)”. Turned it off and my flash works.
Can’t thank you enough.
All your books are GREAT.
Steve in the giraffe silhouette video you mention not using VR on the shot. Is there something about VR you are not telling us or was it just that the shutter speed didn’t warrant it?
Steve, you mention metering too the side of the sun. Are you pushing the back button to meter to the side of the sun and then repositioning the focal point to the neck of the airaffe for focus? I do not understand how this is done. Thanks for posting!!!
Focus doesn’t come into play (I mean, it’s roughly at the giraffe when I meter, but it wouldn’t make any real difference). Once I have the area I want to meter in the viewfinder, I zero it out on the exposure bar and swing back, focus, and shoot 🙂
Excellent Steve, love this topic as in Scotland particularly on the West coast where I live we get some smashing sunsets. Thanks for sharing.
Great shot and good explanation. Love shooting on the Chobe River. Can’t wait to return.
It’s one of those places that, once you level, you immediately want to go back 🙂
Hard to believe, but some of us have no interest in FB…so you miss out on our “likes”
The “like” comment is for those watching on Youtube – I don’t use FB anymore either. However, when people “like” on YT, it makes YT push the video out to more people and helps me tremendously.
What’s the process for metering to the side of the sun? If you normally use auto ISO, do you have to turn that off?
Yes – go full manual.
I was just reading the comments and wondering how I was going to do this level it off thing. With the above comment I am now saved a LOT of researching. I particularly love your silhouette shots and will now be wanting to try some of my own. I will go back and hit the like button too.