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The Nikon D500 camera and SB5000 Speedlight
If a camera leans towards the overexposed side and you blow out whites or highlights beyond recovery then they're gone forever. If your shadows are totally black, there's a better chance of recovering details with a Nikon body. If
you prefer to capture in camera JPEG or TIFF files follow a few simple steps to optimize your images by using the Active D-Lighting and custom setting your Picture Control to balance highlights and shadows to your liking. Check it
in Playback and use the RGB Highlight option. If all looks good to you, then move to the next step of applying any noise reduction upon capture and then you're ready to go. Take some test shots, look at them and print a few to
confirm your settings will work for the type of output you need. If you use the NEF capture mode like me, then you can adjust your images to your liking in your favorite image processing software. I used the D500 with the new
SB5000 flash and found it to be an excellent combination.
All pictures were taken with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. Visit the Nikon web site for additional information on the D500 and SB5000.
Like many of the newer digital cameras I've tried, I find the D500 leans towards the underexposure side right out of the camera with no adjustments. This isn't a bad and I'll tell you why.
Below are some examples of the in-camera image on the
left and the adjusted image on the right.
The only cameras currently in the lineup that classify as Professional bodies are the D5, D810 and D810a. This
certainly doesn't mean you are not a *professional* (working photographer) if you use an Enthusiast or Entry-Level
camera. If you earn a living as a photographer - film maker, it doesn't matter what you use, it's how you use it that counts.
This cloud picture is an excellent example of retaining whites/highlights at the metered exposure.
ISO 9000 40mm 1/250 f/16
Fill flash with the SB5000
The D500 has excellent
dynamic range
ISO 400 112mm -1/160 f/9
ISO 2000 140mm 1/2500 f/14
ISO 4500 112mm 1/160 f/11
Fill flash with SB5000
ISO 25600 140mm 1/320 f/16
Fill flash with SB5000
Radio Control Advanced Wireless Lighting

Cooling System for 100 Consecutive Shots

Compatible with Nikon i-TTL

Guide Number: 113' at ISO 100 and 35mm

Zoom Range: 24-200mm (14mm with Panel)

Tilts from -7° to 90°

Rotates Left & Right 180°

Info Button for Quick Access to Settings

Recycle Time: 1.8-2.6 Seconds

Slow, High-Speed, 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
20.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor

EXPEED 5 Image Processor

3.2" 2,539k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD

4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps

Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System

Native ISO 51200, Extend to ISO 1640000

10 fps Shooting for Up to 200 Frames

Built-In Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC

180k-Pixel RGB Sensor and Group Area AF

In-Camera Time Lapse, Up to 9999 Frames
The D500 features 4K video and the SB5000 has an advanced cooling system which I did not talk about in this article. Here's some of the notable features.

Cinematic and Photographic Ethics - I provide cinematic and photographic services to a variety of clients using the best equipment suited to the project at hand.

I do not engage in "setting up images"  by means of staging. There's a difference between creating an advertising campaign and actually catching life as it happens.

All digital pictures are processed like film pictures. They are captured in RAW/NEF format, then uploaded and exported in a RAW/NEF file converter like film in a developer.

I do not alter/manipulate pictures. I prefer that they look just like what I saw when I pushed the shutter button. If I alter/manipulate an image, it is clearly marked as such.