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Nov 29, 2007 21:07 |  #1

This is not exactly a wedding, but this was the closest category I could find. My cousin is getting baptized and I would like to get some quality shots of him in a poorly lit church. The lights will probably be dimmed during the ceremony. :/ I was wondering what camera setting are used in very low lit churches with a 40D, 24-70, and stock flash. Thank you.

Just to take a stab, I would assume AV mode with 2.8 aperture, 1600 or 3200 ISO, and whatever shutter speed I can get. What about some of the other settings or custom functions?


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Nov 29, 2007 21:18 |  #2

I would say:
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If this is still to dark, drop the shutter speed to as slow as it can go, with you still being able to hand hold still shots, if thats still to dark, I guess raise the ISO, but try avoiding pushing the ISO too high (too much noise)


EDIT: It is hard to say without knowing the exact situation (or seeing the lighting)


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Nov 29, 2007 21:26 |  #3

TitusvilleSurfer wrote in post #4410645 (external link)
This is not exactly a wedding, but this was the closest category I could find. My cousin is getting baptized and I would like to get some quality shots of him in a poorly lit church. The lights will probably be dimmed during the ceremony. :/ I was wondering what camera setting are used in very low lit churches with a 40D, 24-70, and stock flash. Thank you.

Just to take a stab, I would assume AV mode with 2.8 aperture, 1600 or 3200 ISO, and whatever shutter speed I can get. What about some of the other settings or custom functions?

I would say your assumptions are right. It is too bad the 24-70 does not have IS, this is a situation where IS is of great help. You mentioned your flash, are you allowed to use a flash? If so I would try to obtain a flash unit, this would give you many more options (bounce, diffusion, etc.)

If you can go to the church before the ceremony and get a better understanding of the lighting conditions you could probably shoot in M. Either way I would definitely shoot in RAW which will give you the most options and ability for corrections. Good luck.


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Nov 29, 2007 21:29 |  #4

I understand the situation is hard to visualize, I do appreciate it though. Still very green around the ears with my camera, I'm trying to get a foundation I guess. Do you recommend any of the in camera noise reduction features (C.Fn II - 1,2)?


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Nov 30, 2007 08:16 |  #5

I'm trying to get a foundation I guess.

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Do you recommend any of the in camera noise reduction features (C.Fn II - 1,2)?

I wouldn't. The right exposure is more important.

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Noise: it is better to raise ISO than to underexpose


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Nov 30, 2007 08:41 |  #6

Not necessarily ;)

Underexposing a shot by one stop at ISO 1600, will give you very similar results then ISO 3200, yet better possibilities for highlight recovery...


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Nov 30, 2007 10:50 |  #7

I am the non official church photographer for our church and enjoy taking baptisms a few times per month. In our church lighting isn't a problem so I normally shoot RAW, ISO 800, f4.0, and 1/80th with my 17-55 2.8 IS. I start out by shooting wide to get a shot of everybody on stage and then zoom in to around 40-50mm of the actual baptism. When done I normally make 8.5 X11's and hang them in the Narthax for 2 months at a time.

My advice to you would be to talk with the pastor and see if the lights could be left on to help you out. Sit in the front row bracing yourself and shoot RAW. Shoot manual and and use the lowest tv - I wouldn't go below 1/30 or 1/40 only if you had to. When the pastor is doing the actual baptism set the drive to high and get the 6.5 fps of it. Even if the pics are underexposed you can bring them back some in pp.


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Nov 30, 2007 11:57 |  #8

Go early. Meter around the area and get an idea of lighting requirement. I recently did a church photoshoot and was ok setting to M and ISO400 using the 17-40L @F4. Beautifully shot and sharp.


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Nov 30, 2007 20:52 |  #9

Thank you everyone for your input. Photos Guy, the links were greatly appreciated as well. I found the noise links very helpful. :D


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