For such situations, you will probably need at least ISO 400. I'd suggest using NPH 400 if you can afford it (or if you can find it, since it's almost always sold out. Costs $6.80 per roll) or Fuji Superia XTRA 400. Rate these film at ISO 320 (i.e. manually set your ISO on the camera to 320 instead of using DX auto ISO detection) for best results.Originally posted by Paladin
Was thinking maybe 400 enough?? In a hotel ballroom..should be sufficient right??
Get out of Program mode. Meter the ambient light provided by the ballroom. Set your exposure to 1-2 stops UNDER this. Try not to use too small an aperture, try something like f/5.6. Suppose the ambient exposure is 1/15s at f/5.6, set your camera to 1/60s at f/5.6.
Set your flash to TTL mode, attach a bounce card to the flash head and set it to the bounce mode. This will give you very nice, even lighting while still preserving the warm, soft lighting in the ballroom.
I've used this technique very successfully in several weddings I've shot for my friends, has never failed me.
This is for the dinner segment. For the dance segment, where there will probably be insufficient light, you may want to try Fuji Press 800 at ISO 800, or push it to 1600.