Strategy for shooting a ballet

Started Dec 6, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Tom Meeks Senior Member • Posts: 2,942
Strategy for shooting a ballet

I have the 5D MK II. And, I will be using a 70-200 f2.8L IS MK II. I will have 3 opportunities to shoot at 2 dress rehearsals and the performance of the Nutcracker ballet.

I can use lighting for the rehearsals; but, not the performance. For lighting I have 2 68" Octoboxes that can be mounted on 300-650 w/s lighting.

What concerns me about using lighting is the recycle time. So, it's time to come up with a strategy for shooting without lights.

Shutter: 1/200 to 1/250

Aperature: Float? (Aim at 5.6)

ISO: I regularly shoot events at 2000-2500 ISO. But, this time it may be time to run that up as high as ISO 6400. I've not shot at 6400 before. But, I do own Noiseware Pro, which should help.

Focus: Servo all points

Shots: Multiburst using 600x card.

I thought I might try shooting without lights for the first dress rehearsal. And, pick up specific shots with lights in the 2nd dress rehearsal, if necessary. Then, go back to no lights for the performance if I have to make up any critical shots.

I have NO idea how this will turn out. But, the good news is that I can alter strategies over the performances. However, if you can help me out by steering me to a better strategy, then I'm all ears.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II Canon EOS 400D Canon EOS 450D Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1 more
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