LOW Light capabilities of the NIKON D3100.
1/15 sec. @ f/2.8 @ ISO3200, and taken inside with shades closed on cloudy day, in a dark room – NO Flash.
I have not written much lately – just haven’t felt like it.
However, I wanted to share this photo with you (whoever is so kind to visit my blog), to show how capable the NIKON D3100 camera is.
I have never been one to buy into the price of a camera equals the “Photography Skill Level” marketing B%&^-Sh%$ that the camera companies have forced down consumers’s throats.
Not very many things irk me too much, but when I hear this such-and-such camera model is ‘entry-level’ and that one is ‘pro-level’, I kind of want to write notes to people at the camera companies and give my 2-cents worth. WHEN did the price of a camera designate the skill level of a particular photographer? I must have missed something…somewhere…
In my mind, someone with a Canon 5D Mark II or Nikon D3x can take ‘crap-photos’ just as easily as someone with a lower cost camera. The photograph quality is based on the skill of the photographer behind the camera, not exclusively the camera. In fact, a Pro or Pro/Am Photographer should respectively be able to make a really decent photograph with almost any camera that is placed in their hands.
The biggest differences between the various levels of cameras, based on price, are probably better durability, sometimes weight, and a few extra bells-and-whistles. Of course, if you plan to shoot in really rough terrain or a war-zone, then by all means, go for something with a metal body.
If photographers are labeled based on the type of camera they like, or wish to use, then damn-it-all: I guess after taking photographs since I was 12 years old (approx), which has been 33 years now, I guess I have demoted myself to an ‘entry-level’ photographer. That kind of sucks! Oh Well. I don’t mind it too much: I know who I am and what I am capable of (skill-wise) as a photographer.
I like my NIKON D3100 a lot – Most of the time I shoot in the MIGHTY-‘M’ Mode anyway. I also use a CANON 420EX Speedlite triggered remotely with my NIKON – AND I KNOW THAT HAS GOT TO BE SOME KIND OF MAJOR SIN!
And, I still use my CANON POWERSHOT A620 for candid street photography. It’s old, 6 or 7 years old, but it still works GREAT!
But, what do I know…
Do I sound a wee tad-bit cranky today?
Well, here is another shot I took with my D3100 – a tricky photograph to say the least. Sometimes, the shots that seem straightforward are nothing but difficult to make. To get this shot so that the flames (which are blue) to show up properly, you really need to have a near exact combination of ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, White Balance, Color Gel and acceptable Background Material. And, a steady hand to hold the lighter.