Indoor pics?

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  1. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    What settings do you guys use?

    My house is really dim so any settings I've tried come out really dark or the shutter speed too low.
     
  2. HoundedByHounds

    HoundedByHounds Oh, it's *you*

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    speeeeeeedlight, point it up. Big aperture...ISO400-800 or even higher...just play around and see. But the speedlight...will change your life.
     
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    SizzleDog Lord Cynical

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    I use a faster lens - f/1.4 - kind of pricey for a good one, but well worth it!
     
  4. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    How do you know the speed of your lens?

    And what's a speedlight? LOL

    I'm a total newb. I need to read a manual but my attention span is like... nothing. I just play around until it looks good but indoors it's still a pain.
     
  5. Saje

    Saje Island dweller

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    Depends on what I'm shooting but I always try to do it by a window during the day. I have the 50 mm 1.8 (not as cool as sizzle's lol) and I'll open it right up if I think I can get away with the depth of field. If it's at night then I am forced to use my flash. <sigh> Can't wait to get a diffuser
     
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    Saje Island dweller

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    a speedlight is a flash.

    What gear do you have?
     
  7. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    I have a Nikon D60 and currently just the two kit lenses. (AF-S Nikkor 18 55 mm, and AF-S Nikkor 55-200) I'm thinking about a new lens but don't know what to buy. I can get decent pics with my flash but they're not the best.
     
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    speedlight is a extra flash that is moveable/pivotable, and mine can be operated remote from the camera...meaning I can put it over there and it will fire when I press the shutter...which is very cool for some types of shot.
     
  9. Chewbecca

    Chewbecca feel the magic

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    I could NOT agree more.


    Laurelin,
    Are you asking in regards to your to your D300 or D60?

    I have an SB400 (should be all you need, unless you want to use it off camera, then you could get an SB600) and an SB600.
    Since I've gotten my SB400, that sees way more use than my SB600, but that's because I'm not doing professional-style photography. I like my indoor snapshots to look nice and evenly lit, that's about all I am requiring from my indoor flash work.:D

    For whatever reason, and I'm unsure WHY it does this (unless my D60 is possessed), but when I use my SB400 on my D60, it automatically raises my ISO to 800 or higher. I do NOT know why. But that's ok, since there is proper exposure, my pictures don't get that high ISO grainy look to them.

    My D300 is well behaved and doesn't raise ISO on me when I use my external (speedlite) flashes.

    ISO 800 on my D60 looks about how ISO400 does on my D300.
     
  10. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    I'm just talking about my D60. I don't have a D300 but I've borrowed one twice now. It's fun but it's a bit much for me right now. It seems less temperamental than the D60 though. :confused:

    For example... we were in an aquarium taking pics. So no flash allowed. Dad was using the D300 and got some nice looking shots. I tried every setting I could think of and I couldn't get a single pic to turn out as anything but black.
     
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    Neither of your lenses are considered 'fast.' They are good lenses. Very flexible. But a 'fast' lens is one that you can open up wide. To a f1.4 like sizzles or an f1.8 for mine. It really allows you to get a lot more light in and work with different shutter speeds. You can also fade out the background a lot more.
     
  12. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    How much do those typically run? I'm going to buy a new lens sometime soon. I think though I may go for a more versatile lens with a larger zoom than I have for our Alaska trip. I don't shoot inside much anyways.
     
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    the nikon 50mm 1.8 that i have is about $150. If you are going for a longer lens you'll spend a lot more but it would be such a good toy. he he
     
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    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    Well, I know when I was in Yellowstone I wanted a longer lens. I'm sure it'll be the same in Alaska. If I don't go for that lens for now I'll be kicking myself when I get there.
     
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    Yeah totally. How long were you thinking?
     
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    Great thread! I was just about to ask the same thing as I'll be doing a ton of indoor photography at the bar once my flash gets here. I'm hoping to be able to afford a new lens, hopefully an f/1.4 before too long as well.
     

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