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Old 10-28-2005, 07:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, quick question. I've got a job shooting halloween pictures in a night club, any suggestions on getting a good, sharp picture? I don't think there's going to be enough light for the auto focus to work.

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Re: Question on low light photography
Old 10-28-2005, 07:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Shoot Manual.
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Re: Question on low light photography
Old 10-28-2005, 10:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The other question is, if there's not enough light to allow AF, are you going to be able to get a shutter speed that will help you avoid camera shake or motion blur?

If you're using a hot shoe flash, make sure it's set to fire it's AF assist beam. That can really make a difference.
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Old 10-28-2005, 10:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have shot go go dancers quite a few times in very low light clubs, you have to shoot manual focus. I just use onboard flash which is powerful enough on my XT, This was shot with my rather soft 70-300 from about 25 feet away. I dont think I ever had to put my ISO above 400. You may want to bring a medium telephoto with you just in case.

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Old 10-28-2005, 12:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Here's a few idea's. Use manual focus, a monopod, and when you can, use a shorter lense to prevent shake.

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Hey guys, quick question. I've got a job shooting halloween pictures in a night club, any suggestions on getting a good, sharp picture? I don't think there's going to be enough light for the auto focus to work.

Thanks,

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Well,...then you will have to manual focus the shots then... Use the fastest lens you can... like a 50mm f1.4,... 24mm f1.4..35mm f1.4.. etc,....and hold still...if you can't use flash.. If you can use flash,... set it to "second curtain sync" if your flash allows that type of setting.. shoot at 1600 iso,..use manual flash and exposure settings,... shoot at 1/15th, @ f2.8,...and on a backet... Then be sure to have your flash "diffused", or "bounce" your light off the white ceiling(important that it is fairly low and pretty close to white)..or rubber band a white card on the end of your flash to bounce back flash onto your subject..so that it doesn't dump too much juice on everyone.. Try out a couple of test shots to see if you "have it down"...and make your adjustments from there...

Second Curtain Sync allows for the subject to move a little prior to the flash going off, which is a very short and powerful durration of light that is also 5500K,... not 2800K which might be what your ambient light is giving you..(red as hell)......so you get a mix light, unless you gell the flash to match the ambient light, and then shoot on a specific WB on your camera..but then you lose much of the "night-life" look to your photos.. everything is gay looking daylight ballanced..



See if you can "perfect" this before you go out and shoot for someone, where it matters.. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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Thanks, that's what I thought, wanted to get some more opinions
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Good points, Larry. I'm able to use my onboard flash so I don't think that's going to be a problem.

And definetly my next purchase for my camera is going to be a hotshoe flash, with the AF assist beam.
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Thanks for the info, and nice picture too.
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Thanks Isiah, I'm definetly going to use manual focus. I think there's going to be too many people around to use a monopod though, especially since it's halloween weekend and it gets crazy here in Madison, WI. And because of the close quarters I'll definetly be using a short lense.
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