Has anyone tried taking pictures at those awards ceremony? Recently went to one and was sitting near the front so brought my S50 to try to capture snapshots of the stars. A larger aperture will capture the colours but also will make a blurred picture as the lighting was poor and my already-not-so-strong flash could not cover enough ground and plus the subjects kept moving. In the end I gave up on the lighting and switched to faster shutter speed. The subjects were focused but lighting was horrible, like in a dark room when it was actually pink/orange on stage.
Any tips/suggestions? A tripod will help much but hard to set it up when i'm sitting down. Also there were many photographers sitting down on the floor in front of the stage but they didnt' use their tripods as well. Wonder what did they do to capture the stars in poor lighting conditions...can anyone help? thanks !
If you can afford to buy a higher guide number flash(example:40 & above), might give the power you want. Providing using higher ISO film(example:400) to freeze certain movement. Remember when human move(not so fast), 1/60 sec should get a decent picture.
Anyway, this are just to my knowledge only. Anything wrong, don't blame me,OK? Enjoy shooting...
Nightstar, that's why you're called Night-Star, aren't you?
frankly, it really depends. for smaller digi compacts, if you up the ISO, the noise will increase practically exponentially. of course that's the "film sensitivity" or thereabouts in relation to film - but another problem you have is the aperture. i'm not sure if the s50 allows you to manually control the aperture, but since the DOF for smaller lenses is much deeper, you can definitely open your aperture wide open without worrying much. and also, important to remove motion blur, you'd need to use a fairly "fast" shutter speed, like 1/50s or even faster... in the direction of 1/60, 1/100 or even more - but the faster you go, the less ambient light will go into the camera. that will create more of the "deer in the dark" syndrome you can see for some many beginning photographers' works. you'd need to half-shutter and lock the focus before you shoot. try out your techniques first, to make sure you can do it when you HAVE to.