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Advice on indoor shots

laticman 13 74 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 7:03PM
Hi i have been asked by my church could i take some pics of the church choir durin the service,the problem is the wont allow me to use flash of any kind. So i have tou use natural light only. I have a canon 400d with the standard 18-55mm zoom lens, i also have a 50mm 1.8 lens. i am thinking of using the 50mm with a trypod setup.
Should i use the auto setting or ? any advice would be most welcome.

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anpix 10 88 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 7:19PM
cant wait to see results
i would suggest the 50mm
i would ask for the curtains to be open so you get as much light as possible
play with the manual focus to get a focal point
try different angels to make it more interesting
take lots of shots some with high iso 400 to 800...
...and others at different exposers like 1.8
good luck
aftertherain 13 4.2k 2 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 7:21PM

Quote:try different angels

LOL how appropriate for a church Smile
mikeyjuggler 10 373 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 7:22PM
Hi Mark,
i have no real answer to your conundrum, apart fom agreeing that the 50mm n a tripod would seem like the best idea in the situation I have ( as always) thought of a leftfield answer to the problem. If the problem is that the flash mid service would be inaproppriate, then why not suggest a mutually acceptable time when there is not a service, for a photoshoot? If you explain the problem of lighting and moving around taking different shots during the service, and suggest this as a possibility, it would be a hard man to say no!
Let me know how you get on
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
7 Jul 2008 7:27PM
This will not be easy, - wonder why they wont allow flash?

If you set the camera to aperture priority, set to f/1.8 for example (maximum light), the cam will calculate a speed, which is changeable by you by selcting different IOS settings, - the higher ISO setting = higher speed.

heres the problem:

With a 50mm lens, the slowest speed you should use for handheld, and to reduce blur under normal circumstances is 1/50 X 1.6 (crop factor for your camera) so 1/100 sec. You will have the cam un a tripod with slower speeds, so any movement of the choir will result in blur if the speed is much slower than say 1/50.

So use the highest ISO setting you can to achieve the fastest speed, with a reasonable aperture setting. At f/1.8, you wont achive maximum sharpness (likely best at f/5.6), and the shallow dof could be a problem uless your quite far away from the subjects.

Hope this helps, - if I was you I would insist on better lighting.

anpix 10 88 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 7:30PM

Quote:Quote:try different angels LOL how appropriate for a church



could you shoot in raw might help more when you process
7 Jul 2008 7:36PM
Would they allow you to use some form of reflector to make use of what natural light may be coming in through windows, got a problem if its cloudy though.

You might want to check the venue out at the same time of day beforehand and take a couple of test shots, it may provide you with a solution
laticman 13 74 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2008 4:10PM
Thanks to all i will just have to try my best i will post results on site when done again thanks.

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