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Advice please - evening procession


5 Sep 2012 1:28AM
This weekend is the Preston Guild Torchlight procession. My work has a float in the procession and we would obviously like to get some decent pictures of our section of the procession. Please can anyone provide a little advice on settings for the camera?

We will have a lorry which will be lit through rope lights, fairy lights and some glowing lanterns. Following the lorry there will be a number of people with glowing lanterns and most people will have glow stick type bracelets etc. The procession starts at 8pm so it will be beginning to get dark, but I presume there will also be street lights on along the streets.

It is possible that a number of different people might be taking pictures at different points - as we leave and rejoin the procession, but we want to make sure that we get at least one half decent shot so some advice about what sort of combination of settings to use on the slr (canon 1000d) would be appreciated. During the procession we will obviously have some time to play about with settings to try and get the right shot, but would like to at least start somewhere near as its a once in 20 years event!! The procession is meant to be constantly moving so am thinking that a long exposures is not going to work, plus issues with camera shake if there isn't the room to put up a tripod with lots of spectators around.

Any helpful thoughts welcome!!

Thanks

Rob

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pulsar69 10 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2012 9:34AM
moving subject in low light will be highly reliant upon a high ISO and a decent lens ( 2.8 ) or lower , would suggest not too close if shooting at those apertures unless you dont mind parts not being in focus .. you will probably also be better doing it manually and finding the right exposure as the cameras meter will be all over depending on where you hit , you could always shoot a barrage of shots in AV and then check the settings on the best one and put it in manual with those settings then you would only have to tweak ... remember aswell at high isos the canon 1000d will be noisy so some processing will be required too ...
5 Sep 2012 1:46PM
Nice one Rob, was thinking same thing, i'll be there watching, and also firework display later. Pete

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