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I am looking for a lens for a Nikon 3100 for very dark pictures of fish , thinking 1.4f 50mm or 35 but not sure ,the problem is that there is limited time to take photo ,flash bounces of the shiny fish and the clothing fishermen where are green army style clothing and hard to pick out from green bushes and trees .
I would like to get both fish and person in focus as clearly as possible ?
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One part of a solution is to use an external flash off camera.
With practice this avoids reflections from the fish and, if the fishermen are in front of the green bushes, they will receive more illumination from the flash and be separated exposure wise from darker exposed bushes.
I would concur with Lens advice. To see what's possible check out Joe McNallys work. If you check out the Empire State image you dont get much more challenging conditions.
I can highly recommend his book Hot Shoe diaries.
To experiment off camera get a couple of Yongnuo Rf603 receivers (one for camera and one for your flash)- there pretty cheap on eBay
Another good site to start with is Strobist
Other people to look at:
increase your iso.
I order lenses online, try them out carefully and return them if they aren't up to expectations. I think a 50 would be too limiting so would deffo go 35. Girl I know who does society photos and who sometimes works in candle-lit rooms swears that this is on a par with Nikon's own 1.4
Of course upping ISO is worth trying as is introducing more light.
If you use continuous lighting instead of flash (these are under £40 and come with four filters) you can see the effect in your viewfinder
Bung in some flash and use your kit lens, you might need a little positive comp if using TTL against something shinny like fish so experiment and practice.
I take lots of pictures of fish (when I can catch them ha ha) I use a 50mm 1.4 on a canon, and I find that the person taking the photo (normally me of mates holding fish) I wear a head torch and a couple of our light sources near them to bounce light onto them to help the camera focus, I always use a tripod and seem to get pretty decent shots that im happy with
Hope this helps?
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