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    Hi All Photographers

    I really need some advice, I am going to be photographing Fire Volunteers at like 7pm on Monday for The New Zealand Photography Society competition and maybe for their magazine.

    I have a Nikon D3100 with a 18-55mm lens and a 55-200mm lens i do have a 70-300mm lens but that's getting some work done to it.

    The Question is: I would like to know what camera settings i should set my camera on I prefer using manual but if i have to convert to use a another setting i will, there will be no tripod allowed as i am sort of like a journalist taking heaps photos and moving all over the place...


    But please i need to know by Saturday :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashleigh Thompson View Post
    Hi All Photographers

    I really need some advice, I am going to be photographing Fire Volunteers at like 7pm on Monday for The New Zealand Photography Society competition and maybe for their magazine.

    I have a Nikon D3100 with a 18-55mm lens and a 55-200mm lens i do have a 70-300mm lens but that's getting some work done to it.

    The Question is: I would like to know what camera settings i should set my camera on I prefer using manual but if i have to convert to use a another setting i will, there will be no tripod allowed as i am sort of like a journalist taking heaps photos and moving all over the place...


    But please i need to know by Saturday :-)
    If you're not sure of the settings to use then the auto modes will keep you 'in the ballpark' .
    With the D3100 auto iso keeps working when flash is used which means no unpleasant surprises so I would recommend :
    Program mode - allows you to choose if you want to use flash or not and automatically adjusts for varying conditions .
    Matrix metering is most consistent .
    Auto iso : set at minimum 1/125th sec shutter speed.You can fix noise but you can't fix motion blur .
    Flash : if you have an external flash use it in TTL-BL mode and use bounce flash if possible .
    Keeping the lens at 18mm where possible will allow your lens to use its widest aperture of F3.5 to capture more light .

    Another good place to learn , especially with a Nikon is nikoncafe




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    BigRobotBill might be of some help:

    http://www.hellophoto.co.nz/showthre...from-yesterday
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    Quote Originally Posted by mesodan View Post
    BigRobotBill might be of some help:

    http://www.hellophoto.co.nz/showthre...from-yesterday
    Ha, I remember that!


    Though that's not the sort of photos he's expected to take.

    My advice is to set the camera to P with center weighted metering and largest file size (raw if available). Have a look at what you are getting and adjust if way wrong.

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    You dont know what settings to use yet you are shooting for the New Zealand Photography Society competition ?

    Sorry..

    7pm I assume then it will be dark so you will probably need flash and a fastish lens and/or high ISO. If you only have an onboard flash then the shots will look like bad party shots whatever.
    Canon 5DmkII, 400L, Canon 17-40L, Canon 24mmf3.5 TS-E, Canon 70-200f2.8L, Tamron 90mm SP AF Di f2.8 Macro, Sigma 50mmf1.4 EX HSM, Nissin Di866 flash, Manfrotto 190xprob & Markins Q3t head, Lee filters, Lowepro Flipside 400AW, Yong Nuo rf 602 triggers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bigROBOTbill View Post
    Ha, I remember that!


    Though that's not the sort of photos he's expected to take.

    My advice is to set the camera to P with center weighted metering and largest file size (raw if available). Have a look at what you are getting and adjust if way wrong.


    Thanks so much for your help, i was just going to ask you about this since you have done something like it.

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