Advice to shoot a party with flash.

Started Apr 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
Sailor Blue
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Re: Advice to shoot a party with flash.
In reply to Olovskie, Apr 4, 2013

A few thoughts.

Shoot in RAW mode.  The larger dynamic range of RAW files will allow you to salvage shots that are impossible to save if you shoot JPGs.

You would need about a 1.25 to 1.5 CTO filter to match 2500K lights.  Don't do that because if you adjust the WB then everything in the image would look like you shot it in daylight.  Your best choice would probably be the 1/2 CTO filter Dougs_Photo recommended and color correct just enough to make the faces look slightly warm.  This will leave the background looking warmer for atmosphere.

Using a Flashbender or a LumiQuest Big Bounce with your gelled flash is a very good idea.

ExpoImaging - Rogue FlashBenders

LumiQuest Big Bounce - LumiQuest

Getting the flash off camera is another good idea.  Joe McNally is left eyed but most of us can learn to shoot left eyed.  Joe holds his flash in his left hand, extends his arm out to the side to get the flash away from the camera, then nestles his camera into his left shoulder to steady it.  He calls it Da Grip.  If you use RF triggers like the Yongnuo RF-602s or RF-603s you avoid the need for cords, and cords are a pain.

Joe McNally’s Blog - Da Grip

Keep the ISO up high enough to make the background visible when you use a shutter speed of around 1/60 sec.  At 1/60 sec. you may see a bit of movement of subjects, but movement of people in the background can add to the atmosphere of the shot.  The flash will freeze the closest subject.

Experiment with shorter and longer shutter speeds.

Zoom your camera, i.e. try shooting with the camera overhead and down low.

Have fun.

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