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Questions re: Flash use during wedding reception?

RSmith70

Washington, US
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RSmith70 Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Jul 2012
Sat 08-Dec-12 08:58 PM | edited Sat 08-Dec-12 09:16 PM by RSmith70

Hi all. A little background: I mostly photograph subjects in natural light - flash photography is something I need to work on.

I was asked to photograph a friend's wedding (as our "gift") and for the most part, feel prepared. Especially for the formal portraits prior to the ceremony. What I'm a little nervous about is the reception, which will take place within a large home with high ceilings. The wedding ceremony will begin at 4pm (also at the house) and the reception will begin immediately and go into the night, so most, if not all of my shots will need flash. What I am asking is 1.) Does this sound like a good plan during the reception:
Shoot in Manual Mode with Spot Metering with TTL flash.

2.) Increasing the ISO allows more ambient light, but what is really desirable during the reception? Subjects with a light/ambient background, or subjects with a darker background?

3.) Re: Off-Camera flash: Is it possible to change the FEC on the LCD of the SB-700, or must I do it in-camera?

4.) What settings are a good starting point for getting the shots of people dancing without blur/ghosting? f4 1/125th? Rear Sync?

Any other tidbits or pearls of wisdom are greatly appreciated.
(Using a D7000 and SB-700)

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