Help!

posted November 2nd, 2012
I am doing event photography for a black tie dinner tomorrow night. I have a Nikon D5000, a macro lens and a VR lens. I have never done this before! If anyone could give me some advice, that would be much appreciated. Thanks!
posted November 2nd, 2012
@naomi The Flash (if allowed) bouncing off the ceiling or walls with a bit of fill flash. Watch your shutter speed. If you slow down with the flash to capture the ambiance then up the ISO to maintain a decent shutter speed.
Good Luck and enjoy!!
posted November 2nd, 2012
Do you have a separate flash unit??
posted November 2nd, 2012
@kellc no I don't, all the equipment I have is listed above.
@shutterbrother_nic what do you mean by fill flash? Sorry I'm really not technical...
posted November 2nd, 2012
@naomi I would be inclined to beg borrow or steal a flash unit for it as otherwise unless you have a prime say with an aperture of 1.4 then you may struggle. Anything from the sb600 up will have TTL metering and you could bounce off walls ceilings etc.
posted November 3rd, 2012
What VR lens do you have?

By the way - TTL metering means "Through the lens", meaning that the flash will adapt to whatever your lens sees. Would be good to have a separate flash, as already mentioned. OR - get to the location early and find a spot where you can rely on a consistent light source. Get your subjects to go to that location, if possible. Good luck!
posted November 3rd, 2012
@naomi the fill flash is when you change the angle of the flash head to bounce it off another object like a wall or ceiling. Then you need a certain amount of that light to be directed at the subject to prevent the flash from creating harsh shadows under the eyes and chin of the subject. Some flashes has a built in kicker. Little white piece of plastic that fits at the top end of the flash head.
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