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ved50 Registered since 28th Oct 2005Thu 03-Nov-05 06:49 PM
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"Best settings for indoor group photos"


Boise, US
          

Hello everyone, I am looking for your suggestions about the D50's best settings for indoor group photographs during the day and in the night with incandestant lamps, avoiding the flash.

vedanth

D50
18-55mm DX Nikkor
55-200mm DX Nikkor

veda

  

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Curtisj2 Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005Fri 04-Nov-05 04:39 PM
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Minneapolis, US
          

Given the lenses you have, I see problems for you without a flash.... even if your lens is wide open, I am betting that given the light source your exposure will have to be relatively long.... and most people cannot remain motionless for more than 1/30 or 1/15 second.... I think you will not get the sharpness you want.

I have used the internal D50 flash indoors for small groups and have been happy with the results... for larger groups, I use an SB-600 with a diffuser..

Hope this helps.

Curtis


  

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edmun Registered since 16th Sep 2003Fri 04-Nov-05 07:41 PM
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eugene, US
          

Curtis has it right.

Settings for groups at least f8 for depth of field and 1/60 to stop movement and ISO 400 or less for enlarging.

Forgot -- proper white balance and color mode to I or II. (pg 59)


ledmun

  

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brown592 Basic MemberThu 10-Nov-05 03:06 PM
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Centerville, US
          

>Given the lenses you have, I see problems for you without a
>flash.... even if your lens is wide open, I am betting that
>given the light source your exposure will have to be
>relatively long.... and most people cannot remain motionless
>for more than 1/30 or 1/15 second.... I think you will not
>get the sharpness you want.
>
>I have used the internal D50 flash indoors for small groups
>and have been happy with the results... for larger groups, I
>use an SB-600 with a diffuser..
>
>Hope this helps.
>
>Curtis
In this response you mentioned a diffuser for your SB-600. I just purchased the SB-600 yesterday but the only diffuser I saw was the small pull out plastic piece that is on the top of the SB-600. Is that the diffuser? If not, what brand is yours and where do you buy one and should it be used all the time when you use the SB-600.

Thanks for your help.
Bob

  

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Curtisj2 Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005Thu 10-Nov-05 09:15 PM
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#4. "RE: Best settings for indoor group photos"
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Minneapolis, US
          

The diffuser I use is made by Sto-Fen. It is called the Omni-Boune 600 and runs about $20.
I use it primarily indoors for taking pictures of groups.

See it at
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=359281&is=REG&addedTroughType=search

Hope that helps.
Curtis

  

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mark_baker Registered since 09th Nov 2005Fri 11-Nov-05 09:33 PM
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Southampton, GB
          

With my film camera I'd use my f/1.8 50mm lens; at that sort of aperture you should be able to get enough light to get a decent photo inside. Of course, the reduced depth of field might be a problem depending on how your group was arranged, but should be enough for one or two lines of people.

But with the field of view crop on a digital camera, you wouldn't get the whole group in. My old 50mm lens would, if I could be bothered with guessing the exposure manually, be useful as a short tele for portraits etc, but not for larger groups. Now I've got a D50 I suppose I need to look at getting a 35mm or so lens to go with it.

  

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