February 3rd, 2010, 09:43 PM #1
Photography Question - Indoor/Bar Situation
Canon Rebel XSi
Canon 50mm 1.4f
Canon Speedlite 430EX II
Sto-Fen omni bounce diffuser
Headed to Santa Rosa, CA this weekend for the release of Pliny the Younger (Russian River Brewing). Planned on taking some pictures while there. I'm an amateur when it comes to photography...but understand the basics/moderate settings.
I was curious if anyone could help me with proper camera settings when shooting in a bar/indoor situation. Wanted to take some good pictures of friends/scene/beers while there. Can anyone help me with settings I should use for these type of situations? I tried my hand using the 50mm at a brewery in Marin, CA a few months back...but it seemed all my shots came out dark (didn't use a flash). I figured that lens could gobble up light without it. I just got that lens for X-mas so maybe I need more lessons with it.
Any help with settings to "start with" would be greatly appreciated.
February 3rd, 2010, 10:11 PM #2
I so rarely shoot with flash anymore, but:
I'd suggest either a standard ISO of 200-400 and a highly-diffused/bounced flash (dial it back on the power and set it for TTL) -OR - jack the ISO up and slap that 1.4 on there and go looking for interestingly-lit subjects.
Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Bullets are cheap. Life is priceless.
February 4th, 2010, 10:38 AM #3
Use your Sto-phen, set the camera to 200-400 ISO and use your fastest sync speed (1/200th). Set the wheel on M and put the f/stop on f/4 or so. Take a shot and see what you got and then adjust the f/stop to let more or less light in. If it looks too dark, jack up the ISO to 800. The flash should adjust to get the corerect exposure at these settings. If the place has a light ceiling, try bouncing the flash for some different looks. Be sure the flash is set to ETTL.
Try a few around the house before you even go there just to be sure everything is working properly.
Try and get some additional light sources involved like window light or neon signs for a more 3-D look.
The 18-55 should be all you need.