Simply advise for tough lighting conditions

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Simply advise for tough lighting conditions
Feb 13, 2011

I have an event coming up at my club and the ceiling heights are varied from 10 feet to 50+ feet. The lighting will be a mixture of incandescent, fluorescent, and possibly old mercury-vapor. Just shooting people and jpeg only. I want some simple advise without watching videos or lighting 101 or a link to the "Strobist" website. My equipment is a Nikon D90, SB-400 flash, Nikon 18-200mm VR, and probably aperture mode or manual. Could you please answer:

1) Sync at default 1/60?
2) Staight ahead flash with Strofen-type diffuser?
3) f-stop? My lens seems sharpest at f5 - f9. f7.1 seems sweet spot.
4) WB auto or flash or other?
5) 35mm to 50mm? Approx. how far to subject for best exposure?
6) ISO?

I've had some excellent advise on other matters on this site and I would appreciate any more sage advise. Thank you for your time.

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