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    Default What setup do you use in a disco?

    What do you guys recommend for a shot taken in a disco with low lighting and moving people?

    1) shutter speed, aperture, ISO, ev, metering, etc?

    2) would you take with P/A/S/M mode?

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    Default Re: What setup do you use in a disco?

    no expert, but personal experience using a tiny P&S camera in the past (clubbing shots)
    1. dont use flash (it spoils the ambience)
    2. use as high ISO as you can (hope your sensor is low noise)
    3. largest aperture your lens have
    a note on shutter speed: use faster to freeze motion, slower to get some motion (disco mah)

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    Default Re: What setup do you use in a disco?

    It depends on what kind of effects you want.

    Below is a link to many good nite party pictures taken by a photographer in Holland. You can click on the photo to see a bigger version and take a look at the EXIF too.

    He used flash to illuminate and freeze near subjects,

    slow sync,

    shutter priority usually very slow shutter speed <1/10 with a very short focal length (1/actual focal length guidline to avoid camera shake blur. The Fujifilm S9600 he used has a very short actual focal lengh of about 6.2mm when fully zoomed out.) to capture the background ambient light and

    ISO 200 (to avoid too much noise and there is no need for higher ISO since the flash is already enough to illuminate the foreground subjects.).

    However, using a DSLR could be a little different and also the disco lights in S'pore may not be as good.

    http://partyflock.nl/user/7908/text.html#text
    Last edited by Clockunder; 22nd November 2006 at 05:11 PM.

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    Default Re: What setup do you use in a disco?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clockunder View Post
    It depends on what kind of effects you want.

    Below is a link to many good nite party pictures taken by a photographer in Holland. You can click on the photo to see a bigger version and take a look at the EXIF too.

    He used flash to illuminate and freeze near subjects,

    slow sync,

    shutter priority usually very slow shutter speed <1/10 with a very short focal length (1/actual focal length guidline to avoid camera shake blur. The Fujifilm S9600 he used has a very short actual focal lengh of about 6.2mm when fully zoomed out.) to capture the background ambient light and

    ISO 200 (to avoid too much noise and there is no need for higher ISO since the flash is already enough to illuminate the foreground subjects.).

    However, using a DSLR could be a little different and also the disco lights in S'pore may not be as good.

    http://partyflock.nl/user/7908/text.html#text
    wow.... nice pics taken with a Finepix.
    i was wondering how can he get so much light and clear pics with 1/10s, f2.7, ISO200?????

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    Default Re: What setup do you use in a disco?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pauche View Post
    wow.... nice pics taken with a Finepix.
    i was wondering how can he get so much light and clear pics with 1/10s, f2.7, ISO200?????
    Probably the disco there is much brighter than what we have here in S'pore.

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    Default Re: What setup do you use in a disco?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clockunder View Post
    It depends on what kind of effects you want.

    Below is a link to many good nite party pictures taken by a photographer in Holland. You can click on the photo to see a bigger version and take a look at the EXIF too.

    He used flash to illuminate and freeze near subjects,

    slow sync,

    shutter priority usually very slow shutter speed <1/10 with a very short focal length (1/actual focal length guidline to avoid camera shake blur. The Fujifilm S9600 he used has a very short actual focal lengh of about 6.2mm when fully zoomed out.) to capture the background ambient light and

    ISO 200 (to avoid too much noise and there is no need for higher ISO since the flash is already enough to illuminate the foreground subjects.).

    However, using a DSLR could be a little different and also the disco lights in S'pore may not be as good.

    http://partyflock.nl/user/7908/text.html#text
    Great shots under this kind of lighting conditions!
    I am NOT a PROfessional photographer and photography is NOT my hobby

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    Default Re: What setup do you use in a disco?

    Those people shot is done with flash. As clockunder mentioned a slow shutter speed or rear sync flash mode is used combined with high ISO.

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    Default Re: What setup do you use in a disco?

    1/8 f4 ISO400 Flash EV -2

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    Default Re: What setup do you use in a disco?

    flash + low ISO + slow shutter

    when u take a picture of people, it'll flash and the CCD/CMOS will capture their image and then the slower shutter will also absorb the ambient light. the low ISO is needed so that the sensor isn't too sensitive to light coming in.

    my take anyway...seems to have worked well enough so far.
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