Better light equals better pictures.

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Avery, May 14, 2005.

  1. Avery

    Avery Guest

    Better light equals better pictures.
    Duh, I get it! BUT, I recently shot a low-light theater for an award
    ceremony and presentation. I was roaming from the back of the theater
    to the front with a SB-800 as my only flash source. I was using a D70
    and a 105mm for most of the shots and a few with the kit lens.

    What lens is preferred when shooting low-light? What can be done to
    help capture every single bit of ambient light?

    Thanks for any advide you can give.

    Avery, May 14, 2005
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    larrylook Guest

    Lowest f-stop available for that focal length. But you lose depth of field.
    Longest shutter time helps but you'll get camera shake and subject movement
    with too long a shutter time. Good tripod eliminates most camera shake, so
    if subject is a rock (not moving) you are really in business. I'm thinking
    of limiting my photography to rocks. With sb800 flash if subject is close
    enough you are really in business because you have tons of light at your
    command, but need to know a little about how to use it.
    larrylook, May 14, 2005
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    Paul Furman Guest

    A wide angle lens helps too.
    Paul Furman, May 14, 2005
  4. Ansel Adams made a fine career with photographing rocks.


    "I have been a witness, and these pictures are
    my testimony. The events I have recorded should
    not be forgotten and must not be repeated."

    -James Nachtwey-
    John A. Stovall, May 14, 2005
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    RichA Guest

    I remember him mentioning how he didn't like Hawaii because
    it didn't offer the "sculpted" look (Yosemite) that allowed
    him to take such striking photos.
    RichA, May 15, 2005
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    Tom Nelson Guest

    Maximum ISO on the camera. Grain is better than a blurred subject. Use
    a monopod -- they're inexpensive and allow you to move around better.
    A normal focal length lens gets you in close enough that the flash is
    effective (assuming you're not bothering the audience at that
    distance). Set the flash about even or a little below the stage lights.
    It'll clean up the color and fill in the shadows without killing the
    mood or being too disruptive to the audience.
    Tom Nelson
    Tom Nelson Photography
    Tom Nelson, May 15, 2005
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    james Guest

    Very pretty rocks, and getting to some of those rocks was mighty
    difficult and expensive! I can't even conceive of getting so some of
    his locations with a view camera, even in the age of SUV's and ATV's.
    james, May 15, 2005
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