th0rr wrote in post #10291390
I try not to chimp when taking shots. So that being said the other day I went with my family to OMSI to see the last day of the Space exhibit. I decided to take some shots and decided to just take my Canon 18 - 55mm IS. It was very low light in there and somehow my IS got turned off. While not a complete failure after we left I downloaded my images and saw a lot that seemed out of focus. Upon closer examination it didn't look so much out of focus as much as typical hand shake. Checking my gear I saw that IS was off. Doh!
So lesson being if you're not going to chimp check your settings, check your settings, check your settings.
I will say that the 7D performed admirably in the low light setting. Didn't hunt once when auto focusing.
Well, I read all the posts, but something to note here is that chimping wouldn't have helped here unless you chimped at a 10x zoom to check focus. I never do that!
It sounds like you did get bit by a slow shutter speed and no IS (which chimping would also not have disclosed). I tend to not check my IS "faithfully", only if I think of it, but then my IS is always on unless I'm doing tripod shooting and I know it won't help. But it never hurts to double check -- there have been occasions where I've found it off or just as bad found my lens was on MF.
In general, when I go into a scene like that right off the bat I'll tend to switch to a high ISO like 1600, then take the time to set my aperture/shutter speed combination to meet the needs of the scene, then do some meter reading to see if it "appears" to be OK or if I need to adjust something. Once I do that and my settings seem to be sufficient, then I will take a test shot and chimp (or use Live View and the live histogram) just to make sure that I and the camera meter came up with a good judgement.
All that being said, though, in the "heat of battle" I mess something up all the time. And, poor conditions mean that you may have to deal with say a slow shutter speed and compensate for that with some strong steadying techniques, short bursts, etc. And, whenever the lighting changes, I'll frequently mess up the first shot or so, chimp, adjust, and hit it again.