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Advice required on photography done under flourescent lighting


C_Daniels Plus
15 399 10 England
22 Jul 2005 11:03AM
Recently photographed a library which was lit with dim fluorescent lighting,although the digital cameras white ballance facility removed the colour casting I had to use a slower shutter speed than I thought would be required.The aperture setting was the lowest possible too.I did not get the large depth of field I sought after and some of the pictures came out blurred - any tips are welcome...

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keithh 16 25.6k 33 Wallis And Futuna
22 Jul 2005 11:05AM
Buy a tripod
sillyconguru 15 4.4k
22 Jul 2005 11:06AM
I was going to say that!
Snapper 15 4.5k 3 United States Outlying Islands
22 Jul 2005 12:20PM
And use a cable release or the self timer.
C_Daniels Plus
15 399 10 England
22 Jul 2005 10:06PM
The above ideas require the staff and customers to remain unbearabley still too!
keithh 16 25.6k 33 Wallis And Futuna
22 Jul 2005 11:31PM
Raise the iso rating.
dven Plus
15 42 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2005 12:47AM
for film cameras you could buy a filter for fluorescent lighting. try one for your digital.




dven
philwig 15 817 1
23 Jul 2005 1:24AM
Use flash?
C_Daniels Plus
15 399 10 England
23 Jul 2005 6:28AM
Yeah, I suppose all of the tips above will help -
although the flash is tricky and can cause shadows and overspose areas of the foreground if its too strong.
It was my first time doing a shoot involving groups of people and I think nerves can get to you and you tend to forget things.I did want to have loads of detail in the pictures which is why I chose an ISO of 50
(should have chose 100 or 200 I guesse)

What about guide dogs!
sillyconguru 15 4.4k
23 Jul 2005 7:00AM

Quote:What about guide dogs!


You won't get a decent picture if you let one loose with the camera Smile
C_Daniels Plus
15 399 10 England
23 Jul 2005 9:25AM
Or if it thinks its a bone!
philwig 15 817 1
23 Jul 2005 9:53AM
Not sure if I fully understand the problem, but another approach is to stitch a bunch of shots, so you can set the exposure and focus for each area in sequence, then stitch 'em. You need a tripod and some skill with stitch software.

Otherwise with flash get a diffuser like a light-sphere perhaps?
C_Daniels Plus
15 399 10 England
23 Jul 2005 11:34AM
Thank you for the tips so far...
One other problem I encountered was choosing how to take the photos.I'd been shown a number of other photos taken of another library which I was kind of trying to improve upon.
The photos shown to me were all taken at the same angle with no people around - so with mine I decided to use a pair of steps to get a more exciting or interesting angle and have some of the staff pose as customers (just to make the library look a more interesting and used facility)
I did a staff group portrait but the girls were slightly shy and one had her eyes shut(not yawning)and I had a few other good ideas but eventually ran out.Im sure there must be a multitude of inspiring compositions there to discover but I just couldn't see them - I need the guide dog!
Any other advice would be welcome for future shots...
C_Daniels Plus
15 399 10 England
23 Jul 2005 11:45AM
Thanks for the stitching tips - but at my level the flash diffuser sounds like the easiest option.

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