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Shooting inside hotel ballroom...

epdad

Eden Prairie, US
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epdad Registered since 23rd Dec 2010
Mon 05-Nov-12 11:52 PM

Doing some volunteer work this weekend for an organization that trains assistance dogs. They are holding a fundraising event and I've offered to cover the event. You know the drill: cocktails, silent auction, dinner, program, dancing...and then out the door. Using my D7000, but thinking about what lens to use. Right now thinking 17-55 as my primary, with 70-200 for shots during the formal part of the event when I'm likely in back or at the side of the room. I will not have a chance to look at the venue before, but I'm assuming lousy light. I'll have an SB800 on camera, but hope I can get a few shots using existing light. I'm open to renting another lens if anyone has a better idea (I also have a 85 1.8G and a 50 1.8D). Wish I had a spare body but I don't. Body notwithstanding, am I covered?

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JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
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#1. "RE: Shooting inside hotel ballroom..." | In response to Reply # 0

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Mon 05-Nov-12 11:24 PM

Sounds like you have all the equipment you need with the 17-55mm, 70-200mm, and the SB800. Get there early and do some test shots with and without the flash.

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mdallie

Novi, US
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mdallie Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2011
Tue 06-Nov-12 08:32 AM

These event managers like a lot of people pictures of their often well-to-do benefactors that they can send to the attendees after the event, publish in their newsletter, send to the newspaper, etc. Quickly posed shots of small groups of a couple or a few people are especially cherished so I think your 50 1.8D would be terrific for this.

Mike

epdad

Eden Prairie, US
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epdad Registered since 23rd Dec 2010
Tue 06-Nov-12 09:36 AM

Thanks for the ideas. I do hope to arrive early and get some shots of the dining room when it's all set up, and I can check lighting in various parts of the room(s) as well. And I'm also trying to get a list of the historically big donors as well. It's a great organization so should be fun.

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avm247

Rancho Cordova, US
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Tue 06-Nov-12 02:08 PM | edited Tue 06-Nov-12 02:09 PM by avm247

Don't forget the volunteers and staffers. I know its fundraising for the assistance dogs and its about the benefactors, but the volunteers and staff make the event happen.

Only thing I would add would be extra memory cards and batteries.


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km6xz

St Petersburg, RU
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km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Sat 10-Nov-12 01:12 PM

Getting there early to see about lighting is a good suggestion, above.
There are two general philosophies in events, reportage and posed. For any presentations or talks, take a few of the speakers in context(reportage), with the 70-200.
The most shots of such an event will probably posing small group as they socialize. This one takes being a little more assertive and asking people to pose because wandering around taking photos of people in small groups will result in at least one person looking awkward or with a bad angle so don't waste time waiting for everyone in the group to be naturally photogenic or or not looking goofy. For this you will want the 17-55 getting close enough to fill the frame but not too wide of angle so there is distortion. Shooting wider angle with people at the edges of the frame, which renders them in an unflattering distorted way.
Be sure to get at least one good image of each person in either groups or solo. Get a member of the group who knows everyone to volunteer to record the names of the people in the photo. They can write them in a note book while shooting while you call out the frame number. This works better than afterwards because in case they do not know someone, you can ask them for their names. This saves a lot of time when they seek to publish the images.
Lighting for the small groups is easy with a diffused flash but the reportage type shots of the proceedings will be a challenge for lighting unless you can set a few slave up that can bounce off good surfaces. Since you will likely be shooting without flash for this portion be sure to fill the frame with the subject so you do not have to crop, which reduces res and signal to noise ratio of higher ISO shots in ambient like.

Stan
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epdad

Eden Prairie, US
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epdad Registered since 23rd Dec 2010
Sun 11-Nov-12 12:09 PM

Thanks for the tips. Had a fun time, but some challenges. See this thread for example. https://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=329&topic_id=22093&mesg_id=22093&page=

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