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Feb 15, 2014 09:33 |  #1

I need some advice on improving my technique. I am shooting an event indoors with a flash. I'm trying to take candid shots of people enjoying the event. I use the built-in bounce card on my Metz 44 with the flash pointed almost straight up. The ceiling is very high with exposed rafters. It is not flat. I shot most of these at f/2.8, 1/80, ISO 800. I use Tv mode so I can pick a relatively fast shutter speed. I thought 1/80 would freeze the subjects. These jpgs are OOC.
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Feb 15, 2014 10:19 |  #2

I use the built-in bounce card on my Metz 44 with the flash pointed almost straight up. The ceiling is very high with exposed rafters. It is not flat.

I don't have that flash, but we used to help it out with this in post #15: https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=66358
In your situation, I'd have used direct flash dialed down to a fill setting. Tips for Xmas Ball Please
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I shot most of these at f/2.8, 1/80, ISO 800. I use Tv mode so I can pick a relatively fast shutter speed. I thought 1/80 would freeze the subjects.

1/80 won't freeze much of anything when mouths are moving in that situation. That's for the ambient light. The faster flash exposure is what will usually freeze the subject.
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Feb 15, 2014 11:51 |  #3

I don't think these are camera shake issues. They look like focus issues to me. The one of the woman standing with the drink: the focus is on the bricks behind her. In both shots of the people sitting, the focus is better on the edge of the chair on the right, although still not sharp. Check to make sure you're using the correct focus point. It almost looks like you're using one on the right side in all of the shots.


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Feb 15, 2014 13:27 |  #4

I agree that your shutter speed should not be a problem at a gallery crowd...people aren't racing around and sometimes if they move fast, it adds some motion blur which can be good.
It is either you who are moving or as joe says these are really OOF




  
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Feb 15, 2014 14:24 |  #5

What focal length were you shooting at?


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Feb 15, 2014 15:30 |  #6

Thanks for all the comments so far. Yes, the people are not moving, but I am. I think sometimes I get in a hurry to get a shot before the people notice me, that I don't get completely set. Focal lengths were 30 to 50 mm on my 60D.


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Feb 15, 2014 17:06 |  #7

If you use a smaller aperature/ higher F-stop more of the image will be in focus. You might need to bump up your "film" speed to get proper exposure.


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Feb 15, 2014 17:13 |  #8

Try underexposing the ambient more. There's no reason you can't get a sharp shot with flash at 1/80th assuming the flash is the primary light source on the subjects. Rather than aiming the light up, aim it back over your shoulder, or off to the side. Basically, find a wall or surface to bounce off of, it doesn't have to be the ceiling.


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Feb 15, 2014 17:26 |  #9

ISO probably is too high. The ambient is still creeping in.


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Feb 15, 2014 19:47 |  #10

Thanks for the all of your help
I'll go up a few stops on the aperture, slow down and pay attention to my focus point. I'll also play around with a different bounce. I think aiming it into the rafters is giving me inconsistent light on my subject.
The gallery is not very well lit. I keep the ISO high because I want the art work (the ambient) to be partially visible. But most of the time my subjects are are right in front of the art work, so the flash should illuminate it, yes?. I'll try a lower ISO as well.


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