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Aug 22, 2015 07:42 |  #1

I'm shooting a cultural show in a college aditorium today with my Canon 6D and 200mm f2.8 primarily. Just wondering if I should use my flash at all? I don't think so, but looking for input.


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Aug 22, 2015 08:09 |  #2

Personally, I try not to, but that's just a personal preference. If you feel it will help your images, and flash is allowed, then I say try it? If it is not very effective, then I think with your gear, bumping the ISO way up and shooting wide open would give you a decent shutter speed.



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Aug 22, 2015 08:22 |  #3

I would do everything I could to avoid flash.

I'm shooting a cultural show in a college aditorium today...

For yourself? Or for the college? If for the college, I'd try a tripod from the back if I couldn't get a seat at the front.


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Aug 22, 2015 13:52 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #4

I am going to be front center (just high enough to be a little above level with the performers). I am official photographer cuz I'm free.


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Aug 22, 2015 14:04 |  #5

What exactly is a cultural show?




  
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Aug 22, 2015 14:24 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #6

It is India Day, so people dancing and singing as per our culture


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Aug 22, 2015 14:58 |  #7

Im still not clear, is it a stage performance? If so using a flash will detract from the performance and you will lose the drama that any stage lighting will provide.




  
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Aug 22, 2015 22:01 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #8

Yes it was stage performance, and no flash seems to be the better choice. I shot a few with flash to hedge and am going through photos now.


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Aug 22, 2015 22:09 |  #9

You have a 6D and a F2.8 lens. Crank up the ISO and forget about the flash. You'll be fine.


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Aug 22, 2015 23:43 as a reply to  @ Scrumhalf's post |  #10

^ Yep what he said.

I've photographed acrobatics, cheerleading and dance in near dark auditoriums (besides the stage lights) and you can quite easily keep them sharp and reasonably noise free at f2.8, even mid-leap.

Edit: Why the 200mm? If you're front and centre your 24-70mm would be the go-to lens I would have thought?


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Aug 24, 2015 20:10 |  #11

I thought I posted this in here. But I agree. No flash required. I shot this from a balcony in a dark auditorium towards the lighted stage. A tad bit OOF but the lighting was pretty descent. No flash used.


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Aug 25, 2015 05:01 |  #12

Well I had good results I think.

http://www.sagardiya.c​om/2015-Gallery/India-Day-2015 (external link)


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Aug 25, 2015 08:38 |  #13

They look great!



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Aug 25, 2015 09:52 |  #14

esinghal wrote in post #17682077 (external link)
Well I had good results I think.

http://www.sagardiya.c​om/2015-Gallery/India-Day-2015 (external link)


Looks good! What settings did you end up using?


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Aug 25, 2015 13:16 as a reply to  @ Scrumhalf's post |  #15

Shot 1/400 2.8 and between 1250-2000 ISO


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