"Questions for my Next Assignment / D5100 Settings"
I have a new photo assignment: Wedding - Backup Photographer - Candid and Posed Shots
They hired a professional to do the actual wedding, but they asked me to shot candid and posed shots, mostly at the reception. ===== Gear: D5100 Lens - a Rented Nikon AF-S 17-55 f/2.8 Flash - SB700 (which I'd like to avoid using)
Setting: Indoors, Daytime 1PM - 5PM, rented hall =======
I rented the 17-55 because I wanted to see how it performs indoors. But I had zero time with this lens.
I had hoped to avoid the Flash.
So - I plan to shoot in Program Mode, JPEG, Large. Maybe RAW plus JPEG? I have 32GB.
WB - Auto WB? but open to suggestions.
ISO / Shutter Speed - I was going to set the ISO upper limit to 800? Slowest shutter speed 1/60? (one friend recommended setting the ISO to Fixed 800...??
I hadn't planned on Aperture Priority, but I'd go there if recommended.
I'm going to walk around while people are eating, toasting, etc.
Maybe do a few posed shots, just try to capture the festive mood.
#2. "RE: Questions for my Next Assignment / D5100 Settings" In response to Reply # 1 Sat 31-Dec-11 04:15 AM by jpFoto
Your assignment sounds like a lot of work and a lot of fun at the same time. I'm sure that some of our members who do more wedding photography than I can offer some better advice, but if this assignment is coming up tomorrow, then in answer to your specific questions these would be my thoughts.
1. Definitely shoot jpeg plus raw or just raw. If your white balance or exposure is wrong you can fix some of the problems in post processing if you are shooting raw.
2. When you are shooting with your flash either turn auto iso off or limit your auto iso to 400 or 800 at the top limit. For some reason many of the newer Nikons do not seem to factor a flash into the exposure equation and seek the highest available iso when using flash.
3. Personally, I would prefer a minimum shutter speed of 1/100 or faster with a higher iso if that was the trade off.
4. The 17-55 is supposed to be a great lens so you have one of the finest tools at your disposal. The lack of VR should not be an obstacle and I agree that 1/60 is going to be too slow for most of your shots. Given the choice, I would choose iso 1600 or higher over a shutter speed of 1/60.
5. As for using Program Mode, that would not be my first choice. I would prefer Aperture priority, but if you feel that you are going to have too much to think about, then use it. But, keep in mind that you can use the command dial to switch the EVs and achieve essentially the same results.
Good luck and post some of your favorite shots.
Edit: I would use Auto-ISO with an upper limit of 1600 and a minimun shutter speed of 1/100 except for the flash pictures as stated above.
#4. "RE: Questions for my Next Assignment / D5100 Settings" In response to Reply # 2
I was just reading the thread to get some ideas for my next wedding, since I've been asked to follow the same sort of assignment a couple of times myself. Your answer is a good one for anyone doing indoor shooting for an occasion. I think that I'm going to bookmark it!