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  1. #1
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    Ok, now I REALLY need your help

    I've been doing event photography for close to 2 years, but I just got a call that frightened me to death.

    I'm used to doing the informal club thing, but this is a very high profile event and I've done nothing of this calibre yet.

    To make matters worse, I'll be using the D80 which is only arriving in 2 days, so I'll have very limited experience with my equipment.

    It's a whole day(I.E. day and night) event, but I'm pretty sure it's going to be indoors, so low light throughout the day.

    Equipment I have available is the following.

    D80 with battery grip(not sure if I'll have 2 batteries)
    50mm 1.8
    18-55mm (kit lens)
    1x 2gb Sandisks
    3x 1gb Sandisks

    Canon 350D
    18-55 (kit lens)
    70-200mm
    480EX

    They mentioned some informals of the ministers eating and the ceremonial speakers, I'm okay with that. They also mentioned they want some formal group shots, that, ermm, well yeah, it's pretty new to me

    Any advice for me?

    I'm pretty much scared witless, because this is a really big chance for me to pursue my dream
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  2. #2
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    imo stick with what you know. use the 350d for the event. no need to put added pressure on yourself. besides which you have better glass and a flash with the xt. that flash will be invaluable at night.
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  3. #3
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    The 350d only has one very, how shall I put this, abused battery though, while I just confirmed that the D80 will have 2.

    But I value your input, I was thinking the same

    For group shots, what would be an appropriate (average?) aperture.

    I'm going to try get the formals out the way first while it's still light out, but as far as I understand, it'll be pretty big groups. 20 or more.
    My Savior, My Leader, My Father and My Shepard.
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  4. #4
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    big groups in plenty of light, f8-11 is normally ok. thats what LCD's are for though, always review after your first shot to make sure all people are sharp. this will entirely depend on the available light and your focal length aswell. so no point guessing here. i prefer to start at f8 and work my way back if i need to.

    take the d80, put the 50/1.8 on it, stick it on auto iso and shoot away. remember to enjoy yourself. nothing will comprimise your shots more than if you panic and are stressed the whole time.
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  5. #5
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    Thank you so much Rooz.

    Ever helpful as always
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    I praise thee Lord All Mighty


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  6. #6
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    your welcome, remember to enjoy yourself. you've waited a long time for this so smile and soak it in. again, i recommend you stick to the xt for all the important stuff. if battery is an issue, then maybe a good idea is to use the d80 during the day, (you will need the kit lens for wide angle), in the light and then switch to the xt for your night shots indoors where flash will be invaluable.

    here is a good link for you to read thru about some flash techniques just in case i've never linked you before.

    http://planetneil.com/tangents/flash...hy-techniques/
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  7. #7
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    Thanks again Rooz
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    I praise thee Lord All Mighty


    D700/Nikkor 14-24mm 2.8/Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8/Sigma 70-300mm 4-5.6 APO/ Nikkor 50mm 1.8

  8. #8
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    Maybe want to grab another battery for the Canon, and Rooz offers
    some really sound advice.
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  9. #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    take the d80, put the 50/1.8 on it, stick it on auto iso and shoot away. remember to enjoy yourself.
    When I have done the kids Cricket or Soccer team photos over the last couple of years I have actually got better results with the kit lens @ around 30-35mm rather than my 50mm. Depending on the size of the group it can make a noticeable difference in how far you need to get back (ie how much spare space there is at the top and bottom of the frame) to get the width in.

    I also make sure I tell the group that I will be taking 10-12 photos so they are not to move until I tell them in case they decide to turn around or start wandering off before I'm through. Usually some smart A kid says "that was only 11 photos" or similar so i have an excuse to clip him across the ears which gives great satisfaction.

    You may not be able to clip the adults across the ears.

  10. #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by K1W1 View Post
    You may not be able to clip the adults across the ears.
    Is it okay to clip ministers and prime ministers across the ears?

    Thanks for all the advice guys, I really appreciate it
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    I praise thee Lord All Mighty


    D700/Nikkor 14-24mm 2.8/Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8/Sigma 70-300mm 4-5.6 APO/ Nikkor 50mm 1.8

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