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D5300 Shooting indoors/low light with 35mm f/1.8

lostfan

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lostfan Registered since 11th Apr 2014
Thu 29-May-14 09:50 AM

Hi guys. This is my second thread after my first one in New to Photography. As I mentioned, I faced some problems during my photo-taking so I hope you could shed some light.

If I understand correctly, prime lenses let in more light, so you can use them at a faster shutter speed, and they are sharper than kit lenses etc. However, I found that in low light, for example in a restaurant, I have to push up the ISO to over a 1000,maybe even 1600, to get good shots. If I use the on-camera flash, pictures of food turn out not that nice. Any tips on how I can improve in this situation?

Also, shooting wide open makes the plane of focus very thin. If I stop down, then I need to push up the ISO even further. So what is the benefit of a prime lens in this situation then? Because if I shoot at 1.8, it's too shallow to get the whole dish in focus. And if I use flash, it looks very artificial. What can I work on to improve my shots? Thanks in advance!

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