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Old 22nd of May 2012 (Tue)   #1
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Default Newbie help...Parents 50th anniversary

We are having a small-ish (less than 100 guests) 50th anniversary party for my parents. I am not, nor do I plan to be a professional photographer, however, I have what I think is a pretty good camera kit and want to take decent pictures of the affair. It will be in a senior center hall so I'm not real sure of the lighting at this time. Any advice for settings and lenses to use? Thanks so much for your help.
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Can you borrow, rent, or buy an external flash? Your lighting is guaranteed not to be good. An external flash is essential for this type of work.
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7d, 28-135, 430 or 580 in ettl pointed straight up with a bounce card manual mode 1/60, ISO1600, f/4. If the pics are too hot in LCD try 5.6 or f/8 and 1/80 or 1/100.
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Actually I'd borrow or buy a kit lens or 17-55 because 28mm on crop isn't very wide.
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Wait a minute...I have a 17-55 kit lens on my T1i...It's just packaged up from when I thought it was sold (turns out it was a scam...but that's another story). Now I'll go look about buying a flash. The bounce card part kinda threw me, can you elaborate about the bounce card set up? Thank you so much for your insight.
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A rouge flash bender works great.
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http://www.abetterbouncecard.com/abe...ard-large.html
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Wait a minute...I have a 17-55 kit lens on my T1i...It's just packaged up from when I thought it was sold (turns out it was a scam...but that's another story). Now I'll go look about buying a flash. The bounce card part kinda threw me, can you elaborate about the bounce card set up? Thank you so much for your insight.
You probably have an 18-55 kit lens, different creature altogether, but suitable for this purpose. The bounce card ( i prefer the rogue flashbender, but they all do much the same thing) allows you to bounce the majority of your light off of the ceiling but kicks a small amount forward. This is helpful in that it softens the shadows in the eye sockets from overhead light, and it creates a catchlight reflection in the eye which gives life and sparkle to the photo.
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Yes, you're right, it is a 18-55 (finger slippage).
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Or you can do this for almost free.

http://www.petapixel.com/2010/03/04/...e-bounce-card/

You can use flexible foam core from Michaels
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You all are AWESOME!!! Thank you so much!
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