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Apr 22, 2010 12:24 |  #1
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I recently got hired to shoot a local fair.. anyone provide some insight on what I should use?

I'm also slightly leaning on the 135 f2, but then Ide have to sell my macro and tubes :(


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Apr 22, 2010 12:26 |  #2

outdoor fair?


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Apr 22, 2010 12:28 |  #3

Why not just use the Sig 50. If it's indoors, use a flash with diffuser?




  
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Apr 22, 2010 12:32 |  #4

I would think you might want something in your kit wider than a 50mm on your xsi, besides the 18-55...if you're willing to pay for a 135 f/2, consider an 85 f/1.8 instead, which may be a more useful focal-length anyway, and put the money you would save into a 17-40 f/4L, or Tamron 17-50 or some other wide lens. Just my thoughts :)




  
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Apr 22, 2010 12:35 |  #5
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It's for an outdoor fair.

So I have no experience whatsoever with shooting fairs.. what shots should I look out for?


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Apr 22, 2010 12:35 |  #6

I would not sell anything and your 100mm is close enough to a 135mm that there is little difference.

I think what you have listed will work well enough for shooting a fair. Do you have a tripod? That will come in handy for longer shots in early and late evenings with the sunset and evening sky adding a lot of background color to the lit up rides spinning around. Of course, the tripod would also come in handy for the fireworks display that is sure to happen each night, or at the end of the fair.

If anything, I would be tempted to add a wider focal length lens to your arsenal, perhaps a 17-55 or 18-55. I think you'll appreciate that a lot especially when getting images of the vendors and kids eating cotton candy, etc.

Sounds like you're going to have a fun time!


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Apr 22, 2010 12:38 |  #7

no need to buy anything. you have plenty of lenses you could use for a fair. and i cant imagine they are paying you enough to justify another lens purchase.

keep your flash on camera for fill. use any of your lenses you need based on distance to subjects.


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ah ok thanks guys..

any ideas of what shots to look out for?


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Apr 22, 2010 13:06 |  #9

a fair is a very general term. if it is anything like the County Fairs up in PA I used to go to, you will be shooting people mostly. kids playing games. local bands playing music. people on rides. young teenagers making out in the woods.

look for things outside of this as well. look for interesting things happening.

the end of those prize games like the shooting water in the clowns mouth. capture the emotion after someone spends $5 trying to win a $.25 stuffed animal. kids with ice cream on their faces. the back of a couple walking holding hands while he tries to hold on to the over sized stuffed animal. someone covered in powdered sugar from the funnel cakes. a ride operator smoking pot during his break. someone throwing up when they get off the gravity whirl ride.

is there a Ferris wheel? the shot everyone tries to get is the Ferris wheel in motion at night so it looks like a light blur. you will need a tripod for that.


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^^ That is exactly what it is, and I'll bear everything in mind, thanks

I have a tripod, no worries


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Apr 22, 2010 13:49 |  #11

17-55 is a great choice. You are going to want more environmental shots and wider shots of booths, rides, etc. However, I wouldn't spend the money unless you really want the 17-55 anyways. Otherwise you are just missing a wide angle in your lineup - so go cheap and get a sigma 10-20 or something.


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Apr 24, 2010 05:59 |  #12

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It's for an outdoor fair.

So I have no experience whatsoever with shooting fairs.. what shots should I look out for?

Have you sat down with the organisers and discussed their needs??

Remember they are paying the bill..


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yogestee wrote in post #10055870 (external link)
Have you sat down with the organisers and discussed their needs??

Remember they are paying the bill..

They aren't really.. organized :rolleyes:
Every year they just go around with point and shoots shooting whatever, so they just told me to shoot whatever, but of course I want to do a good job


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Apr 24, 2010 10:34 |  #14

Well, this event (external link) was a BBQ cook off and not a fair. I used the 17-40 for most of these shots with some fill flash. I tried to eliminate the harsh sun shadows with the fill. I like the wide angle look so I can get up pretty close to the people and still get a wide view. The following day, I used the 24-70 for most of the pics until it came time for the trophy presentation. I switched back to the 17-40 because we were cramped for space.

Good luck with your fair. I hope it goes well for you.


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MT Stringer wrote in post #10056708 (external link)
Well, this event (external link) was a BBQ cook off and not a fair. I used the 17-40 for most of these shots with some fill flash. I tried to eliminate the harsh sun shadows with the fill. I like the wide angle look so I can get up pretty close to the people and still get a wide view. The following day, I used the 24-70 for most of the pics until it came time for the trophy presentation. I switched back to the 17-40 because we were cramped for space.

Good luck with your fair. I hope it goes well for you.

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Ah, well looks like everyone recommends me to get a new wide angle.. or would my 18-55 manage? I just barely shoot wide for most of what I do so I can't really justify spending a lot on something wide.

Just curious, when you said you used fill flash to eliminate shadows, do you dial in any exposure compensation? I'm pretty sure I tried to use my 540EZ with a softbox attached on the top to do something similar, but I didn't notice too much of a difference.. or am I doing something wrong:

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