Function photography - some questions

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by ketan, Aug 29, 2007.

  1. ketan

    ketan TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2007
    Messages:
    252
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Hi,
    This year we have had a family function (appx 80 member,indoor) to celebrate my parents anniversory. We had called a professional photographer for coverage. Now since I am interested in studying photography seriously, I checked his photos in some utilities.

    He had Nikon D80
    The ISO used were throughout 400
    Focal length used were 18-70
    Exp time 1/100-1/160
    Apperture 5-6.3 (?)
    Program - Manual

    My question is all the time I read about fast lens, i.e. 2.8 or 4. Whereas he had been using quite small apperture. The photographs were quite ok.
    Why would he be using manual program? Is it the right way ?

    Any comments ?

    Thanks/Ketan
     
  2. The_Traveler

    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Messages:
    18,118
    Likes Received:
    7,459
    Location:
    Mid-Atlantic US
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    He was probably using a flash so he was managing exposures on manual by the aperture (with shutter set to speed that would synch). Judging by the focal lengths used, he was probably using the Nikon 18-70 former kit lens, This is extraordinarily sharp in the middle f stops (as good as pro glass) and so he raised the ISO so he could take advantage of these middle f stops.
     
  3. ketan

    ketan TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2007
    Messages:
    252
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Yes, what you say is correct. His each photo was with flash.
    Not sure how one will do manual focussing so fast when people keep moving in functions.
    Photography is a science....! Not so simple.
     
  4. JIP

    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2006
    Messages:
    3,019
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Pittsburgh PA
    Well it really does not say in the data you posted wether he was using manual or auto-focus. The manual you posted was the exposure mode he would have been using. When I used to shoot weddings in meduim format all I had was manual focus and it worked for me. And there were times like during the processional I did not focus at all. All you had to do was focus for a certain distance set you aperture high and shoot when the people came within a certain distnce. Actually for things like that some times auto focus can be a hinderance if you have a critical moment to shoot and your camera starts hunting for focus you hve trouble.
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page

indoor family function photography

,

shooting long distnce indoor photos with nikon d80