Events photography on budget


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Stanly

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I've seen many pro photographers taking pictures for people during award ceremony,graduation ceremony and stuff.....:yes:

I wonder what is absolutely necessary for such events??

From what i notice, flashlight is a must.....thinking of investing in one.....:)

Maybe start from SB600.....:D

As for lens, I wonder if a lens like Nikon 18-200mm VR can fulfil most of the purpose.....or do I need a constant F2.8 lens......

Your pro comments needed......;)
 

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longkangman said:
Go for SB800 at least and with quantum T2x2 or Qflash + quantum T2x2. :dunno:

YMMV
Whats the advantages of the SB800 over the SB600??

I only take events occasionally....:)
 

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longkangman said:
Go for SB800 at least and with quantum T2x2 or Qflash + quantum T2x2. :dunno:

YMMV
:eek: for an occasional shoot like this, i reckon the 2x2 is too mch of an overkill. At the most, will recommend a SD-8a with a SB-800. :D
 

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ipin said:
:eek: for an occasional shoot like this, i reckon the 2x2 is too mch of an overkill. At the most, will recommend a SD-8a with a SB-800. :D
2x2 is never over-killed lar ... u never knows when you need it ... :bsmilie:
 

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ipin said:
:eek: for an occasional shoot like this, i reckon the 2x2 is too mch of an overkill. At the most, will recommend a SD-8a with a SB-800. :D
I notice those pro photographers, they place a white cardboard on the flash. Seems like it's for the flash to reflect......Whats the purpose?? More coverage??

I also notice they point the flash upwards instead.....why so??
 

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start with whatever you have and can afford.

d70 + kit lens + SB600 no problemo.

d50 + kit lens + SB16 also no problemo.

as long as the event orgs are happy with your pics.
 

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Stanly said:
Whats the advantages of the SB800 over the SB600??

I only take events occasionally....:)
SB-800 made in japan, can act as a commander in a CLS setup, higher GN, has AA mode
SB-600 made in china, cannot act as a commander in a CLS setup, lower GN, does not have AA mode

since a flash unit is good to have in photography, i recommend the SB-800. it's more expensive, but after buying the SB-800, dun need to upgrade in the near future liao. wallet hurts initially, later wun need to suffer again. ;)
 

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Stanly said:
I notice those pro photographers, they place a white cardboard on the flash. Seems like it's for the flash to reflect......Whats the purpose?? More coverage??

I also notice they point the flash upwards instead.....why so??
that's called a bounce card to throw the flash light forward, instead of loosing some going behind the photographer.
it also bounces the light off the celing to reduce shadows behind the subject.
 

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ipin said:
SB-800 made in japan, can act as a commander in a CLS setup, higher GN, has AA mode
SB-600 made in china, cannot act as a commander in a CLS setup, lower GN, does not have AA mode

since a flash unit is good to have in photography, i recommend the SB-800. it's more expensive, but after buying the SB-800, dun need to upgrade in the near future liao. wallet hurts initially, later wun need to suffer again. ;)
Haha.....ipin theory.....:bsmilie:
 

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Stanly said:
I notice those pro photographers, they place a white cardboard on the flash. Seems like it's for the flash to reflect......Whats the purpose?? More coverage??

I also notice they point the flash upwards instead.....why so??
Its called a bounce card, used to bounce the flash off the card.
 

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igpenguin said:
start with whatever you have and can afford.

d70 + kit lens + SB600 no problemo.

d50 + kit lens + SB16 also no problemo.

as long as the event orgs are happy with your pics.
Thats sounds good......that means the 18-200mm VR should suffice.....;)
 

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KNIGHT ONG said:
2x2 is never over-killed lar ... u never knows when you need it ... :bsmilie:
for me a +1 can liao. 2x2 too ex, bulky and heavy for me. :sweat:
 

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Stanly said:
Haha.....ipin theory.....:bsmilie:
no... not only my theory. people have learnt this lession before. some more painful than others. i've seen too many of these cases, that's why i'm recommending your the SB-800 and not the SB-600.
 

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ipin said:
no... not only my theory. people have learnt this lession before. some more painful than others. i've seen too many of these cases, that's why i'm recommending your the SB-800 and not the SB-600.
Haha....yeah....like my Sigma and Nikon 18-200 mm lens......:)
 

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Stanly said:
Haha....yeah....like my Sigma and Nikon 18-200 mm lens......:)
:bsmilie: i din say that! :angel: you know the story my friend.
just dun wan history to repeat itself on you. *nuff said* ;)
 

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ipin said:
:bsmilie: i din say that! :angel: you know the story my friend.
just dun wan history to repeat itself on you. *nuff said* ;)
Haha.....actually to be honest, the sigma wasn't that bad.....just that I got more greedy....:bsmilie:
 

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juz attended an event at suntec yest. The organiser dun allow me to use flash... with my 18-200mm, at 200mm, it will be f5.6. Then the shutter was so slow tt most of my shots got blur... was using a D70s, ISO1000. Din wana up the iso any further as i feel tt the pic will be too noisy.

Point im trying to say is that 18-200mm can suit most situation... but there will be exceptional times tt u realli need a F2.8 lens :sweat:
 

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Geordie said:
juz attended an event at suntec yest. The organiser dun allow me to use flash... with my 18-200mm, at 200mm, it will be f5.6. Then the shutter was so slow tt most of my shots got blur... was using a D70s, ISO1000. Din wana up the iso any further as i feel tt the pic will be too noisy.

Point im trying to say is that 18-200mm can suit most situation... but there will be exceptional times tt u realli need a F2.8 lens :sweat:
But for my case, I can only afford third party F2.8 lens loh.....:cry:

I guess Tamron 17-50mm or 28-75mm F2.8 would be a good choice?? :) Then sit closer to the stage....;)
 

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