Church photography with 10d and 550EX: advice please

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PerryS
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Church photography with 10d and 550EX: advice please
Apr 27, 2010

Hi Everyone,

Long time since I've visited here. Next Saturday I will be helping the main church photographer with first communion pictures. She has been using a Rebel, kit lens and a pop-up flash, so while I am not exactly state of the art, I hope to contribute.

Large Catholic cathedral, hopelessly high ceilings. My job will be to do torso shots of each child with our Priest giving the host. I will probably be 15 to 20 feet away.

I will practice in the church the day before, but here is my take:
1. Omnibounce or bouncing flash probably won't be useful from what I've read.

2. I plan to use manual mode, probably with my 70-200 4L, at F5.6 or so, to make sure my subjects are well focused, maybe smaller aperture? 550EX on hot shoe.

3. Probably use 1/60 or 1/125 to try to take advantage of some ambient light. I am assuming this will be undersexposed without flash......
4. Try 0 Flash compensation, adjust according to histogram.

How would you recommend I set white balance> AWB, flash, manual??
Do most of you adjust flash exposure compensation in thirds, or halves?

Thoughts? I've poured over flash technique but don't have lots of experience.

Thank you

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Tamron 17-50 2.8
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