« on: March 17, 2014, 03:12:35 PM »
OH, and I'm really sorry but I have to say, my dyslexia keeps giving me a double take and a chuckle every time I see the thread title!
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I agree on the aperture, keep it 5.6 or above. Maybe even 6.3 or 8 depending on how close you are. The closer you are to the subject, the higher the number needs to be.I see!
Your best option might be to use a 70-200 or a 135 prime and get further back from them while also keeping them far in front of the background so it will blur. The distance would also help diffuse the fill light from the camera. Unfortunately, the 430 might struggle with distance over 8-10 feet, esp if you used a diffuser. If you are far enough away from them, the diffuser would not be necessary.
Get a friend and go practice at that venue at the same time of day. Test different ideas, lenses, flash setups, etc. Let us know what you decide and how it goes!! Relax and have fun!
Do you really think fill flash is necessary? I would think you would want to shoot at F2.8 for the best blurred out background, but I guess not. I will experiment with 2.8-8 when I shoot this friday. I also have a 70-300 Tamron which already has those apertures you guys suggest...
Wow, surprised by the lack of response.
Anything else I am missing?
In the last 6 months I've sold the 28-105 (it isn't great for indoor photography and is a bit soft on my equipment) and gotten myself a Sigma 18-35 f1.8 and upgraded to a Canon 40D.
Wow-christianronnel, Those are a couple of inspiring shots!
I think my equipment list is coming together:
5 DIII + 7D w generic straps
24-105/ 24-70 +10-22 & 8-15 fisheye
1 ratty looking backpack
cards & batteries-
It could hardly be simpler
Just gotta talk my wife out of the plays on Broadway and most the museums now...
As far as I can tell from the web site , the Statue of Liberty is open, fingers crossed.
Strobist is an awesome online resource as well. Read the Lighting 101 section for awesome tips on starting out with flash. I invested about $60 for an umbrella, bracket, stand, and ETTL cable on B&H (lower quality, I guess) but it was perfect for starting out, and you can always move up.