First, some background:
I'm a new DSLR user. Currently own 450D with kit lens, and added 50mm f/1.8 recently. One of the reasons for wanting to pick up photography was to take good pix of my baby. Other reasons include wanting to take good pix of travels (but this is another story). Anyway, want to take good pix to preserve the moments in life, so that I can still look back 30, 40, 50 yrs from now.
With the kit lens, I couldnt capture pix of my 2-yr-old in indoor, low-light conditions, so I got the 50mm f/1.8. This lens is marvellous for indoor, low-light conditions, and I did manage to get pretty decent pix of my baby.
Now the problem(s):
Been doing single subject (i.e. my baby) at f/1.8 with good results. With group photos (say 3 or more people) or "birthday events", f/1.8 indoors seems to be producing out-of-focus shots probably because of the poor DOF. I think I will try f/2.8 or lower in time to come.
Here comes the question(s):
Or is it because I didnt use flash?
I'm not averse to flash photography, but thought that I'll take things a step at a time. In fact, I believe that flash photography is another major study in itself. After all, photography is all about lighting, lighting and lighting, yeah? (if you want to discuss this, pls start another thread, tks.)
Does anyone shoot solely without flash, i.e. all the time? How do you do it? With what lens/equipment, and what settings for indoor low-light conditions, taking group photos?
Is it sustainable to shoot without flash? i.e. is it easier to learn flash photography at the same time as you are starting to take pix without flash (perhaps because it boosts confidence by having produced good pix)? Or should I continue to take things one step at a time, i.e. take pix without flash first, master it, then move on to flash?
Comments or advice from anyone welcome, newbies or seniors alike.