ludi wrote:All things considered, I'm pretty happy with the results considering the lighting and my lack of experience, but what things should I do to improve my technique in a future setting of this sort?
When shooting hand held, your shutter speeds should be at least as fast as the reciporcal of the 35mm equivalent length of the lens. So, 1/80s for the 50/1.4 and 1/140s for the 85/1.8.
ludi wrote:"reciprocal of 35mm equivalent" -- so is that 1 / ( (EF lens actual size) * (1.6 crop factor) )?
3. Use highest ISO setting available (1600 for my XS), and rely on noise reduction later to clean up the artifacts.
SpotTheCat wrote:Don't overexpose on digital. When you overexpose on digital, things get completely lost instead of just more noisy. Of course try to nail your exposure, but slightly underexposed usually comes off looking better after correction than slightly over exposed does. Colors change if one of the primary colors blows out, and you cannot get those back.
FireGryphon wrote:The 50/1.4 is a bit soft wide open, but the shots are still usable and I'd definitely open wide if I needed to; I have the same lens, and I have done f/1.4 on occasion. I would have shot with this lens for most of the event, had I done the shoot, since it opens up widest, and in low light where the flash isn't happening, you need all the light you can get. 50mm (80mm equiv.) is also about the longest I'd try to shoot in close quarters, too. As you learned, 85mm is too narrow, and f/2.8 is too far stopped down for that environment, even though the 28mm (45mm equiv.) focal length is also good for the shoot. All things equal, though, the 80mm equiv. focal length lets you get shots of people without shoving your camera in their faces, and that's always good.
ludi wrote:The way the room was set up, I couldn't capture more than a single table in-focus unless I went down to the 28mm. It actually did all right at the minimum f/2.8 stop, although I only shot a handful of full-room shots before switching back to the 50mm. I have an opportunity to purchase a friend's 28mm f/1.8 USM and will probably do so, then eBay the f/2.8.
The 85mm with the APS-C crop was, indeed, too narrow for the most part. But I did manage to get a few candid shots of a couple charity staff members and volunteers from halfway across the room, so it was useful for that much.
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