I have a D70s with a 18-70 and 50mm 1.8. Somewhat of a newbie.
Here is the issue. I have a severly multipliy impaired daughter, Korrine. (Rett Syndrome) She loves her picture taken. She grins from ear to ear and then she gets so excited she rocks. So, I end up with closed eyes and blurry pictures. I have tried to sneak pictures but her eyes are unbelievable and I think they show her personality the best and would like them to be the focal point. (she is not able to speak so she uses her eyes to communicate) One of the reasons I bought the 50mm was to be able to get away with no flash because it makes her hold her eyes closed and laugh.
Can someone help me with maybe tweeking the camera or using some options I don't quite understand yet and help me get some great shots of my daughter. She won't be with me forever and I have very few pictures of her that I think actually portray her. Thank you so much for your time and knowledge. Krista
No help on settings but have you considered a remote trigger for the camera, which can be set up where it is not conspicuous. That way you can interact with her and when the expression is what you want, trigger the camera. She will not be expecting it and will be natural. Good luck!
Hi Krista, In addition to the remote, keep in mind that your camera normally generates pre-flashes either with the built-in flash or the shoe mounted models. You can use a custom menu feature to stop those pre-flashes once the camera has set itself for correct flash output for the distance between the camera/flash set-up and your daughter. Perhaps flash will work O.K. if that method is used. See FV Lock in the user manual.
That little tester or pre-flash can cause lots of folks to blink in response to it going off. Another thing to consider is this, should the flash method turn out to be viable using the Flash Lock gambit you will be able to use a smaller f stop, higher number if you will, to increase the depth of field. This will give you more leeway in focusing. The camera can focus itself when using the remote, but when the time comes to use the remote, you may be able to pre-focus on your daughter and gain faster response from your camera.
I have an active daughter too, I find that using my SB-800 external flash (with new batteries) and setting the camera to continuous shooting (bursts of 3 or so) I can pick and the good ones later, and I often catch unusual expressions.
The IR Remote as mentioned by someone else is great in combination with a tripod.