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    Default [Advise] Ball Room Event Shooting

    Hi all,

    I got an event in a ball room coming up at Grand Hyatt, about 35 tables. It is NOT a wedding but something like an organization event.

    So there will be mass game, speech, prize presentation, table shots, etc.

    I took weddings before but not in any official capacity. Just use fast primes like those f/1.4 without flash and shoot from far so as to not interfere with the actual day photographers. But now in this event, I will be the main and only official photographer. So I am a bit clueless. Not because of lack of confidence. Just try to minimize mistakes that I can avoid making by learning from you all.

    I have a D300.

    10.5 2.8 FE
    11-16 2.8
    17-55 2.8
    18-200 3.5-5.6
    30 1.4
    50 1.4
    85 1.4
    70-200 2.8 VR2


    Gary Fong Lightsphere II Clear
    Gary Fong Lightsphere II Cloud
    Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce like (default SB-900 cap)
    Bounce card (default SB-900 bounce)
    SoftLite Diffuser from Passion Photographers (made from someone in PSS)

    I most likely will not rent a second body so will make do with one body.
    For lens, I think I have a good range to choose from. Am thinking of 2 or 3 the most to bring along.

    My sharpest lens are the 85 followed by the 70-200. So initially I thought of bringing the 30, 85 and 70-200 and shoot mainly without flash. But will bring SB900 as backup. Then I remembered that most ballroom will need flash.

    So most likely I might changed to 17-55 and 70-200 only. I do like the 85 a lot for the bokeh but from other experiences, I may not have time to change lens so fast or sometimes I am just lazy to do that. 85 also means I may have to go up close for the speech. And for wide angle shots, it's almost impossible.

    I am very new to flash and flash diffusers. I find all the flash diffusers are almost the same. The difference are too subtle to tell most of the time and they perform differently in different conditions. So I end up using the default SB-900 cap because it's the lightest and easiest to carry.

    Can anyone advise me:
    - What I need to look out for.
    - What lens combination you suggest.
    - What diffuser you suggest.
    - Do I shoot in TTL or manual flash?

    Not a paid thingy but doesn't mean I can live with sloppy work. Thanks.

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    Default Re: [Advise] Ball Room Event Shooting

    in a ballroom event like a annual dinner.

    usually theres nothing much to shoot.
    starting part ppl come in sign in
    hang around cocktail area
    MC talking
    entertainment showing
    people watching
    and people eating
    (chinese style function people dont like to socialize one, all sit down concentrate on EATING EATING EATING, so not much to shoot)

    expressions lor. catch expression when they are watching the entertainment or when they talking. no ppl like their photos taken when they are eating, damn unglam.

    i suggest bring your D300 + 17-55 + sb900 with omni bounce. cant go wrong with that.
    a 30 for group shots.
    then if can a 2nd cam with 85. you wont have time to change lens for expression shots.

    (of you're not confident in using flash, i would suggest dont use. otherwise there is a possibility that every flashed shot turn out too yellowish)
    Last edited by IsenGrim; 4th September 2010 at 01:49 PM.

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    Default Re: [Advise] Ball Room Event Shooting

    I would suggest a 17-55 with SB900 bounced. Depends a lot on the height of the ceiling of the ballroom as well. If ceiling is high, try a big bounce card like better bounce card, or demb. Stofen omnibounce can also work, but I am not really crazy about it, since it is so small, it would really only work if there are many walls and ceilings for the light to bounce around from.

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    If I were u I will seriously consider getting a second body and fix the 85mm to it. Cos sometime no time to swap lens. Else the next option is a belt w lens in quick change pouches.

    Really depends on ur comfort level w ur lenses u can couple a 30 and 70-200. Or 17-50 w 85mm.

    Just me babbling

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    Default Re: [Advise] Ball Room Event Shooting

    TS, if you're the main and only photographer, then I would imagine you can get the best positions to shoot from, thus minimizing the need for a telephoto lens.
    I reckon your 17-55 and SB900 would get the most mileage

    If you really want to do this job well, a quick recce trip beforehand will help a lot... Look out for the height of the ceiling, etc
    Exploring! :)


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