Best balance for aperature and ISO at dimly-lit concerts

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by HeroOfSpielburg, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. Hello,

    My friend is DJing at a club this weekend, and I've been asked to take
    pictures of the event. Unfortunately, the venue is going to be very,
    very dark, lit mainly by candles. I hope to get some good pictures of
    the attendees, but I'm torn about what setup to use to get the best
    results.

    Essentially I'll be right up next to the DJ and the attendees, so my
    stock Canon FD 50mm/1.8 lens should do well. However, checking
    lighting conditions with some sample metering around my room, it seems
    to be near impossible to get anything near the 1/125 or faster shutter
    speed I'll need for dancing people. Flash is prohibited, so the best I
    can think of now is Fuji Natura 1600, and I feel like if I don't push
    it to 3200, I wouldn't be able to get a fast enough shutter speed.
    This is going to get really grainy, isn't it? Also, I've heard that
    using a lens at its widest aperature will often provide a degradation
    in quality, so should I favor pushing the film and shooting at smaller
    aperature?

    If anyone has experience in similar conditions and could offer some
    advice/sample configurations, I'd be much obliged. Thank you!
     
    HeroOfSpielburg, Feb 7, 2008
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