ISO for wedding receptions

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  1. Alison

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    Question for the wedding photographers out there. We've been shooting receptions at 100 with a Quantum flash, I think we should try shooting at at least 400 but my photography partner insists that 100 better. I find that the results look like the flash is working too hard to compensate. Would love to hear how you handle low light situations.
     
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    I would much rather shoot with higher ISO and available light.
     
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    personally I would have said 200...but Im not the person to go by...
     
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    I would have said that 400 would be a good ISO to go with, you should be able to get away with available light and hence remove any dodgy unwanted flash effects from the pics. Also if shooting in B&W a faster film and thus larger grain can look quite nice.

    I guess it's up to you..
     
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    As Alisons buisness partner you need to know that this is a professional flash and does not need the extra iso to compensate for low light. We are also shooting digital and not film.
     
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    I would think that a higher ISO with the flash toned down would be better. That way you wouldn't have severe shadows or have skin tones blown out.
     
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    It matters how much you are going to be blowing up the pictures. As you don't want grain to appear on a enlargement of a picture. I would do some experimenting on the side with 200 and 400 iso film.
     
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    No matter what kind of flash it is, the higher the ISO you use the less light it has to output, which, to my eye, is more pleasing. When I have the choice, I shoot without flash, even if it means using 3200 pushed. Of course I make sure that the high grain is going to be okay with the customer.

    With digital, I'd go with 400, even with the flash, as long as your camera doesn't exhibit too much noise.
     
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    Thanks! Mark, we shoot with a 10D and I haven't had any problems with noise.
     
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    I dont think we will ever be able to shoot available light. To low of light and too much movement. Next time we should try the 555 and see how that works.
     
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    Cool! So do I.
    I use BreezeBrowser for my image conversions. Well worth the registration price, as it can pull more detail out of the hightlights and has a good noise reduction filter.

    Almost everything on my website was with available light. For a couple of the portraits I used a hot light as part of the light, but none were with flash. These shots were indoors with the 10D and only available light. Most of the portraits are with the 10D also (except for #2 and #3).

    A lot depends on the look you are going for. It's also much easier if you use prime lenses with wide apertures. I'm not very good with a flash, so this is what works best for me.
     
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    Mark,

    Have you ever handled an event where there is absolutely no inlet for the natural light to come in? If you have, how did you handle the lighting?
     

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