Does anyone have any tips or suggestions for those kinds of settings? Where everything's happening so fast and everyone's set at the table around the birthday person, so you can't move them outside or nearer to a window. Especially the shots where the person is blowing out the birthday candles and you don't want to use a flash.
It was my sister's birthday on the 20th, and I struggled with the lighting and finding the right settings for the kind of movement going on and the poor light at the same time. There was only the light coming from the fanlight hanging from the ceiling (with yellowish bulbs), and it was cloudy outside so not much light coming in even though she was facing the window. I used the flash in some, and didn't use it in others. I got about 3 good ones with flash, and 3 without flash, but the one of her blowing out the candles was horrible, she no longer had all the light from the candles illuminating her face, and I set a low shutter speed for trying to bring in a little more light.