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    okay i need some wisdom! what do you ppl look out for to shoot a children's birthday party?
    search the forums but it aint fruitfull

    thks in advance;D

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    Shoot these:

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    Good luck! it is one of the toughest assignment. many kids screaming around estatic and spinning high in sugar.
    Best advice: use video camera.

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    Use bounced flash, set camera to P mode so that you don't need to constantly worry about the settings, and capture the moment.

    Have fun!

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    depending on how young they are, a soft toy on your camera makes a big difference..

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    1. You may have to get down low to shoot.

    2. Use burst mode when shooting the blowing of candles on birthday cake.

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    Put filter on every lens. Otherwise finger prints will be unavoidable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Chan View Post
    depending on how young they are, a soft toy on your camera makes a big difference..
    so true

    so anw,
    childrens face expressions are always wonderful, capture those.
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    hahas thanks for all the replies! any lens to recommend? im using nikon btw

    and yeah the candle part, should i still fire my external flash?

    thks again;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by miqbal93 View Post
    hahas thanks for all the replies! any lens to recommend? im using nikon btw

    and yeah the candle part, should i still fire my external flash?

    thks again;D
    Maybe a fast wide to mid zoom? Avoid UWA as far as possible as it is very easy to get distortion at the corner. For the candle blowing, if the lights are off and you want to capture the ambiance, do it with flash off but remember to pump up your ISO. Maybe you can do a trial beforehand so that you know what setting to use. Watch out for low shutter speed at it might introduce camera shake/motion blur if the birthday boy/girl moves when blowing the candles. Remember to reset the ISO when you're done.

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    do you have control over the kids?
    tell them not to blow first cos you want to take their nice photo.
    ask them to pretend blowing (blow softly).
    make sure the naughty ones are relegated to the back of the groups.

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    Most important: Have fun with them!

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