i went along to ACJC prom night last night to shoot for my bro. it was a volunteer thingy la. hehe. unpaid. brought along my 350D, tamron 28-75, kit lens, sigma 500super and canon 380ex as backup.
was quite nervous la. it was my first time shooting alone and being quite inexperienced i didnt know what to expect. i shot everything in RAW (which is quite unpro i know :P) basically because i didnt know how to deal with the ever changing white balance. cos inside the hotels, some parts have tungsten lighting and others have fluorescent.
to keep a long story short, i shall summarise my main thoughts and feelings
1) should i use bounce card or direct flash?
2) should i use 1/60 or 1/80? (was quite nervous tt i couldnt handhold although i had used 1/40 quite well many times before) ISO 400? or 800?
3) how much compensation to use on my flash for bounce? +1/3 or +2/3?
4) crap....there goes canon's ETTL system again. screwing up on me. ( i had 2 of the same shots....one was underexposed, one overexposed, both taken in succession with partial metering on the same area)
5) hmm...maybe i should have brought my 50mm 1.8 along
6) what if my lens is not sharp enough? (this was a totally paranoid thought as i know my tmaron 28-75 has performed admirably for me before.)
7) wahhhh the girls are so pretty. and look at their dresses **dreaamingggg
8) full body shots? or should i cut off somewhere?
9) shall i try weird angles? (in the end i didnt)
10) argh...my brother's white suit is making things difficult for me!!
that pretty summarises my thoughts la. in the end, i learnt that theory counts for nothing if you don't practice. equipment also is useless if you dont know how to use it well. i came out quite a bit wiser and a bit more confident and familiar with my equipment. and i really take my hat off to all you pros out there. it certainly is not easy shooting. it involves split second thinking and off-the-cuff decisions. it requires in-depth analysis of the scene, lighting and composition. it demands calmness in order not to fumble and screw up.speed is also of the essence, as you may miss good shots.
oh well....quite a harrowing experience for me. but in the end, i'm happy to say that 90% of my shots came out well, and certianly showed that my initial fears were quite unfounded.