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  1. hollisterguyo7

    hollisterguyo7 TPF Noob!

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    my friend wants me to photography an event/party its inside n its pretty dark it sometimes has a strobe light going n stuff... i have a canon rebel xti what would be the best settings to start off with n go from there... i have the regular flash nothing better lol anything would help he is also gonna have a band inside
     
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    go buy a 50mm 1.8 if you don't already have one. Leave your 18-55 at home. Use the pop up and pray. You might also look into one of those funky softboxes that strap onto the pop up. Shoot in shutter priority at 1/250 which is the fastest speed your camera can sync with the flash. Also, try shooting with a 2nd curtain flash. This will help with moving subjects and maybe dial down the flash intensity a step or so.
     
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    alright i wont be using a tripod wont have a chance so what should i try seeings how i will be moving around inside...
     
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    everything I suggested assumes you will not be using a tripod. At 1/250 you won't need it.
     
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    Everything McQueen said and dial up your ISO.
     
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    thanks i just went into a closet n tried it n it came out pretty good ive just gotta pray haha everyone will be dancing n movingg im hopeing i can get them to pose a bit
     
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    try a 50mm f/1.8, and ISO 1600, Yes it can be noisy, but I have had very good results, and on smaller prints the noise is not even an issue. If you still need flash I would dial it down to a minimum, and go from there.
     
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    try Neat Image in post processing for the noise and stuff...

    and yeh big aperture and high ISO could be your best friends on this one...also remember that the on camera flash isn't all that great unless you're up close to people..
     
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    i have a 18-200 n my starter lense would i be better off using my 18-200 or my starter lense
     
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    Is your starter lens the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM or the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. If you by chance have the IS version, I would take that one.

    Is you 18-200 the Sigma? If so then I would take the kit lens regardless simply because the kit lens is faster at the long end.
     
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    it isnt the is... n no its the tamaron 200mm
     
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    If I were you'd still take the 18-55, but it's really about what you are most comfortable with. Just keep in mind that past 50mm that built in flash will likely be useless. Actually, the 18-200 may be too long of a lens period. You might have a dark spot at the bottom of every image where the lens obstructs the flash.
     

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