Long time lurker first time poster on the forums .. and I may have the opportunity to shoot a local debutante ball early next year, however the challenge of lighting during the evening has me a little stumped as to how I could approach it.
In short, previous year's photogs have done a satisfactory and on some occasions sub-standard job, with shots that are all too dark, too far away etc and all with on-camera flash, so now the organisers are perhaps looking into alternatives.
I may be a little ambitious, but I was thinking of utilising the 2 x AB400's (fired by PWs) and 1 x430EX I currently have and hiring any extras I may need/want to get the shots.
I'll post some diagrams shortly that will better illustrate my challenges, but for now here are some great shots from an american deb ball to give you an idea (more specifically the group and dancing shots) of what I could be up for.
Unfortunately for me, the venue shown in these photos has much better lighting than will be available in our venue...
The group shots will consist of possibly 20 or more girls, and a separate group shot with partners included.. ouch.
I only have a stofen omnibounce for my 430EX, however the high ceilings won't allow for any bounce for the formal dancing shots - What might be my best option for the walk-around on-camera part.. apart from perhaps using a body with better high ISO performance?!
Would anyone perhaps have any tips or hints as to how I could plan for this possible job??
Any insights from those that have either done this or a similar type of situation would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks all in advance!