Shooting with the Nikon D2XS:
- Set the camera on a tripod
- Set the camera on timer mode (as if you're going to take a picture of yourself)
- Set the camera to 30 second exposure
- Set aperture to 4.5f to allow the most light the lens could handle. Go lower if your lens can.
- Set ISO to 320....if I set it higher it would have made the picture brighter, but also more grainy. I wouldn't recommend going above 1200 ISO for this type of a shot.
- Set white balance to camera preset of "cloudy" mode...to allow for richer color.
- Shot in RAW.
- Focal length- 11m
- Focus- used manual focus....use a flashlight and shine it on the shack....you can then focus with the lens now that you can clearly see the shack.
- What I did:
- I pressed the trigger and ran into the shack while the 10-second self timer was counting down.
- Once the camera shutter opened I used my external flash SB800 and starting strobing the inside of the barn. This is what gave me the light coming out of the door and the wooden slats in the roof of the shack.
I could have done more but I ran out of time. Going back I would use video lights to on the back and sides of the shack to add additional elements to the picture as well as still done the inside lighting. I hope this is helpful to any photographer or enthusiast out there! Let me know and I'll continue to post tips on a weekly basis.