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  1. R6_Dude

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    When shooting somebody blowing out a birthday cake candle, should I shoot in Av or Tv (shutter priority). I took a couple last week in burst mode and 1 out of 7 or 8 came out looking decent.

    Is the general rule for anything having movement to shoot in Tv?
     
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    I would shoot it in (manual) but AV because you are shooting a portrait, but have you got a fast lens,
     
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    That was probably the problem I was shooting with my kit lens at f3.5. If I had my 50mm f1.8 it probably would have came out better right?
     
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    Bump up your ISO if you need to, but i would go AV and set your aperture to 3.5. Your 50mm is a much faster lens, so i would use that if your lighting is low.
     
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    Yeah, what they said! :D Use your 50mm instead of your kit lens in low light conditions. If your stuck with your kit lens only, bump up the iso and balance clarity with the noise produced.
     
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    I'd go manual mode myself...
     
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    A lot, obvious depends on what you want to get...
    Some recommendations that are out there are for portraits, landscapes and producs to use Aperture Priority and for action sports shutter priority.
    Personally, I shoot manual but on rare occasion when need shallow dof and don't want to think and calculate exposure will switch to aperture.
     
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    What's your end goal? Are you wanting to see motion in the flame? Are you wanting to freeze the action?
     
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    Freeze of action. For those that would shoot in M, what would you set your shutter/apperture too in a low light setting?
     
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    That depends on the light. :greenpbl:
     
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    What body do you have again? I know when I bumped up the ISO on my XTI it was as noisy as a freight train however my 1/5 D's are very smooth so there are a lot of factors... and what lens? I would use the Fitty in this case...
     
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    A good question was in regards to your intention with the shot.

    IF you goal is to stop action, then you'll want to be in control of what stops action, and that would be your shutter. If you are comfortable with Manual, I would shoot it that way, it will keep your shots consistent within the same lighting.
    If you shoot Tv, you may have a slight difference in your photos as your camera adjusts per changing lighting and scenes. This can throw off your intended exposure a bit.

    So, pick a motion stopping shutter speed:
    (from my thread in my sig)
    Shutter speeds and what they do:
    1/4000 to 1/2000.......... Stop a Hummingbirds wings
    1/1000 to 1/500............ Freeze a human running and most athletes
    1/250 to 1/60............... Stop most daily movement and handheld blur safe
    1/30 to 1/8.................. Blur motion (camera should be on a tripod)
    1/2 to long time............ Dark scenes, night time, etc (tripod only)

    Once you have your shutter, you need to set up everything around it. You can keep your iso relatively low to minimize noise and then open your aperture up (shallow DOF might be not wanted though) or you can turn it up and keep a good aperture (maybe f/8).
    It's all up to what you want your shot to look like. I would agree your 50mm would be most useful if you don't mind shooting at f/1.8.
     

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