just wanted to ask a couple of questions which would be extremely useful for any other applications at night.
Shots were taken at Marina Esplanade Area and at MBS Open Air. Aperture Mode Iso 200.
I was using a D90 with SB600 + 18-70mm + 50mm F1.8 and trying to achieve a nice background with well lit subjects.
Due to the haze, conditions were pretty dark and hazy
With 18-70mm + Sb600
Direct flash - Subjects well lit/no blur. Background was wiped out black.
Slow Sync/ Rear flash mode - Subjects were well lit / slightly blur. Background was brightly lit/blur.
Counter: Tried to increase ISO but lead to more blur. Tried to steady breathing and handshake and resulted in better pictures but still abit blur.
With 50mm f1.8d + SB600
Direct Flash - Subjects well lit/sharp. Background darkened out
Slow Sync/ Rear Flash Mode - Subjects were still blur. Background brightly lit and blur.
Counter: Increase ISO lead to more blur, applied breathing and steadying techniques but still very difficult.
Question 1 : With the 50mmf1.8, shouldnt it be easier to take night portraits handheld with the larger aperture? with the flash included should be a breeze. Perhaps technique?
Question 2: Is this to say that night portraits need tripod for every shot? minimum iso and large aperture with proper technique not enough?
Question 3: Will increasing the flash power decrease the chances of blur? i found my subjects properly exposed so i did not try to add more.
Thanks for looking!!