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Help newbie with low light D50 settings?

MarieBoyer

Portsmouth, US
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MarieBoyer Basic Member
Tue 13-Dec-05 09:45 AM

I am going to photograph my daughter's Christmas concert Thursday night in a church. Last year, I did not have my Nikon D50, only a Canon P&S, and the shots were awful. I am looking forward to getting nice shots this time.

I have the 18-55 kit lens and in-camera flash. I am having trouble figuring out the camera settings in difficult lighting. I find it hard to balance all the different possibilities (WB, ISO, focus, metering, mode, aperture, shutter speed etc...) in one photo setting.

I can look at the histogram and see that one end is off, but then I have troubling remembering whether I need to add exposure or subtract. I realize that that is an I.Q. issue.

Can someone give me a tip on settings that can get me started for a low light concert? The stage will have some light on the kids but the church is dark. I can get fairly close but probably not enough to use my in-camera flash.

I have not yet done a custom WB setting, so I would probably use auto, unless you recommend otherwise.

I will get there early and fiddle with the settings. But I am not sure how to set ISO in combination with other settings. (I have read every page of the manual and 2 books, and I surf this forum all the time -- still find it confusing.)

Thanks in advance.

D50 Newbie Lurker

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