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Tripod!! when do you use one? do you use one? Also state your tripod of choice :-)

 
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Oct 22, 2014 17:52 |  #16

What are your settings for the photo, Kevin ?



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Oct 22, 2014 18:00 |  #17

Peacefield wrote in post #17224816 (external link)
Just long exposures which I do very rarely during a wedding. Count on ISO and IS to help you with low light.

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I sometimes use a tripod for family groups photos, so the framing and height stays the same. Other than it's unused.

yup - and if I want shots longer than 1/20 sec, basically


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Oct 22, 2014 18:29 |  #18

Christopher Steven b wrote in post #17227990 (external link)
What are your settings for the photo, Kevin ?

I will jump back in LR to get the exact setting for you tonight Steven. I think it is f/8, iso 100, with Rokinon 14mm, maybe 15-20 seconds.


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Oct 22, 2014 18:38 |  #19

Tigerkn wrote in post #17228063 (external link)
I will jump back in LR to get the exact setting for you tonight Steven. I think it is f/8, iso 100, with Rokinon 14mm, maybe 15-20 seconds.

Why do you need to use ISO 100 for that? Or f/8 for that matter?


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Oct 23, 2014 00:09 |  #20

Christopher Steven b wrote in post #17227990 (external link)
What are your settings for the photo, Kevin ?

Steve, I was complete off on the shutter speed :). It was 1.6 second. ISO 100. f stop my guess is still about f/8

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Why do you need to use ISO 100 for that? Or f/8 for that matter?

ISO 100, because I want make the photo as clean as possible with very little to no noise.
f/8, because I want all/most things in the shot in focus.

I want it to be less noise and most things in focus just in case the venue wants a large print (40"x60" Canvas) to put it at their venue with my watermark on it. They did :).
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Oct 23, 2014 00:46 |  #21

I don't do weddings any more, but when I did, I found it very useful to have the camera on a tripod when doing group shots. It frees your hands and makes it easy and convenient to approach the group to move people around and make various adjustments.

One time I was doing this exactly, shifting people a bit so their spacing was about right - took a couple steps back to survey the group - then all of them in unison suddenly went saucer eyes and said OOOOOHH! I turned around and saw the tripod thunder to the ground with my Hasselblad on it. A leg had telescoped.

You never know what's going to happen at a wedding.

Fortunately the camera was no worse for wear, and the session continued without problem. But after that, I was more careful about tightening the collars.

Apart from group shots, I rarely used a tripod.


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Oct 23, 2014 11:16 |  #22

Tigerkn wrote in post #17228494 (external link)
Steve, I was complete off on the shutter speed :). It was 1.6 second. ISO 100. f stop my guess is still about f/8


ISO 100, because I want make the photo as clean as possible with very little to no noise.
f/8, because I want all/most things in the shot in focus.

I want it to be less noise and most things in focus just in case the venue wants a large print (40"x60" Canvas) to put it at their venue with my watermark on it. They did :).
The printed version with some minor clean up:

So you have a 5D III which you could have extremely clean at ISO 400 and in no possible way would that show up especially on a canvas print. ISO 800 would be easy to use as well.

Then you use f/8? For that shot you could use f/4 and have focus to infinity at 14mm.

So, no need for a tripod to get that shot.


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Oct 23, 2014 11:42 |  #23

This is all correct. This particular shot didn't need a tripod.

Numenorean wrote in post #17229134 (external link)
So you have a 5D III which you could have extremely clean at ISO 400 and in no possible way would that show up especially on a canvas print. ISO 800 would be easy to use as well.

Then you use f/8? For that shot you could use f/4 and have focus to infinity at 14mm.

So, no need for a tripod to get that shot.



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Oct 23, 2014 11:49 |  #24

I use a tripod only when I don't want camera shake. :)


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Oct 24, 2014 13:59 |  #25

Numenorean wrote in post #17229134 (external link)
So you have a 5D III which you could have extremely clean at ISO 400 and in no possible way would that show up especially on a canvas print. ISO 800 would be easy to use as well.

Then you use f/8? For that shot you could use f/4 and have focus to infinity at 14mm.

So, no need for a tripod to get that shot.

I didn't have 5d3 then, maybe I can left the T in the trunk now. Thanks!


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Oct 25, 2014 11:15 |  #26

tim wrote in post #17226006 (external link)
I sometimes use a tripod for family groups photos, so the framing and height stays the same. Other than it's unused.

This pretty much sums up my tripod use as well. Although, even with IS on my lenses, I find that my tripod images are sharper than my handheld ones. This is probably not noticeable to my clients, who aren't zooming in on their images in Lightroom, but I can see it. However, for the most part, I don't use a tripod; too heavy and bulky to carry around during a fast-moving event like a wedding.
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Oct 25, 2014 11:21 |  #27

I rarely use a tripod for wedding shots, use one all the time for landscapes though. I like the Slik 700DX - it's an inexpensive choice that still provides plenty of support for heavy cameras and lenses. Don't get the Slik head though, it is junk. For weddings I'm almost always using flash for reception photos, rendering a tripod unnecessary and cumbersome.


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