even with high ISO settings, you still need great light
Still having fun with the new Canon 5D Mark III (B&H), I met up with Elmira again in New York. Elmira is the model I used in my initial tests of the Canon 5D Mark III high-ISO performance. Being a delightful model to work with, I decided to use her again as a subject.
New York was cold on this day, so shooting indoors just seemed a lot more attractive. We went to Grand Central Station – a grandiose building, but with light levels quite low. Low enough that I was glad that I brought the Canon EF 35mm f1.4L (B&H) along.
camera settings: 1/100 @ f/2 @ 3200 ISO
Even with a high ISO like that, I had to use a fast aperture.
An approach that I strongly believe in though, is that “using the available light” is not random decision. It needs consideration of what your light is actually like, and whether it is flattering. What I did here was to pull Elmira towards a light source, so that the light would come in from an angle over her shoulder …
With the fluorescent light coming through the frosted glass on the door, I knew I had a large light source there .. and I used it. This way, I purposely controlled the available light falling on her. It’s a conscious choice.
Hopefully with the medium-wide angle of 35mm, and the fast aperture, it lends the image a certain cinematic look.
I did crop the image slightly to remove an unwanted highlight in the top right-hand corner. If anyone wants to look at the photo close-up, along with the other images from the Canon 5D Mark III high-ISO test, the high-resolution JPG is available as a download. The photo is the JPG generated from the RAW file, via DPP. Therefore it is as close to an in-camera JPG as you will get, while still allowing me to adjust the WB of the RAW file.
The same idea was applied here in using the available light. I scouted around until I had a place where the light fell on her in a flattering way.
I did play with the image a bit, using the RadLab action set. (Therefore the high-rez file isn’t available, since it won’t be a representative image of what the camera can do.) You can order the RadLab or the Totally Rad action sets, via this affiliate link.