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"RE: White Balance etc. at event"
>If possible, visit the hall before the event to see what type>of lighting exists. Take some test shots. >>You may want to put a filter on your flash based on the>ambient light.+1 for the above points, especially if the lighting is incandescent which is often the case due to their inexpensive dimmability.For incandescent lighting the SB900’s Tungsten filter will give you warm images with the correct background white balance.On the D300 I would say shoot at ISO400 to maximize your flash range – someone more familiar with the 300 may know if 800 is OK.Remember the SB900 will overheat and shutdown if you shoot a few consecutive shots that require full flash power and akes a few minutes to cool off.Check the histogram. Previews on the LCD can appear bright enough in a dim room even thought they are underexposed. You can boost the exposure in post processing but increased noise is the treadeoff.When there are walls behind subjects which will show flash shadows, shoot landscape and crop to portrait to avoid distracting side shadows.Barryhttp://firstname.lastname@example.org