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jnpalma
02-06-2007, 12:20 PM
Ok, I have this friend and her daughter's 1st Birthday party is coming next month. She's living on a low budget and don't have money to hire a photographer so she invited me to take pictures from the party. :eek: I couldn't say no.

As the party is indoors (yeah, it's -4F here in Chicagoland now) and ceiling is low then I will borrow a SB-600 from a friend a week before to get it used to it.:rolleyes:

Now, I will need tips and advise from you guys. Never did that before, anything is very well appreciated.

Thanks !! (I promiss I will post some pictures after it's done) :confused:

shoeytennis
02-06-2007, 02:39 PM
well if you have time go out and buy the nikon 50m 1.8 its only like a hundred bucks.
are there going to be kids moving or just odle rpeople hanging out?
take a ton of pictures some planed some not.
use the best light you can in the house.
(i hate indoor shots thus why i shoot outside or in studios)
but have fun and shoot a ton of shots.

mattdm
02-07-2007, 07:06 AM
Bounce flash should be fine. However, it's pretty distracting for everyone else -- whenever you can get away with no flash, do that instead. And make sure you have plenty of fresh batteries -- nothing sucks more than missing shots while waiting 30 seconds for the flash to recharge. I'm not sure if this flash can take CRV3 lithiums, but if it can, good choice. Failing that, Energizer's AA lithium cells might be an option.

Is the baby walking yet?

My main tip for shooting kids is: get down to their level for the good shots.

Norm in Fujino
02-09-2007, 03:56 AM
Here are some general tips:
http://digital-photography-school.com/blog/how-to-photograph-a-childs-birthday-party/


For simplicity's sake, I'd use a standard-to-wide zoom and bounce flash. If possible, either buy something like Gary Fong's Lightsphere, or make a home-made reflector/diffuser like those shown in the following links:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1025&message=18497665&changemode=1
http://flickr.com/photos/carpeicthus/152802922/
http://www.shuttertalk.com/articles/diylighting
http://digital-photography-school.com/blog/using-flash-diffusers-and-reflectors/

jnpalma
03-06-2007, 08:14 AM
Thank you all. The pictures were great...I will not post in here because they're very personal but I can say they are really better than I expected.

Set of Equipment used at the birthday

-- Nikon D50 + Sigma 17-50 + Nikkor 50 F1.8 + SB-600 + Omnibounce (roof was very white and low) + 1Gb SD card + 2 sets of batteries for camera and flash + noisy toy to call children attention + lots of smile and patience + crawling at the children's eye level.

I did not forget to crank up ISO and turn off flash to get the candles !! Beautiful.