D300 - focusing in low light

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D300 - focusing in low light
Aug 6, 2012

Hi All,

I'm not new to photography, but I must be making a fundmental mistake here.

I agreed to take some shots for a friends wedding reception on Saturday night. The room quickly became dark and whilst I could see my subjects, my camera - D300 with 18-200, has no chance. I couldn't get focus lock on anything and ended up having move the manual focus and a small aperture and 'hope' that I had a subject in focus. It was very embarrasing.

I was using an SB-800 and I thought you could use a preflash to allow the camera to acquire focus. But I couldn't in anyway shape or form, get the camera or SB-800 to do this. I missed loads of shots.

Can someone please tell me what I am doing wrong?

I have a wedding to shoot in 6 weeks and they have asked me to stay for some of the evening and now I am dredding that part as I know I cannot deliver what they want.

Please help.

Thanks in advance.

Bruce
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