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Old Feb 6, 2007, 8:42 AM   #1
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My daughter will be dancing Friday night, this dance will only last about

3 minutes, and I would like to get some great shots. I have a Canon XT,

I have rented the Canon 70-200mm 2.8 lens, what settings will I need to

use for this fast dancing? Any help would be much appreciated!
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Old Feb 6, 2007, 9:42 AM   #2
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you need flash man. if you can use flash - rent it, 580ex or 430ex.

I am shooting my daughter dancing too. I have started a couple of threads here exactly on that and learned a few things along the way.

one of the most recent threads related to that is here: http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=65

my suggestion since you never shot dancing at that venue ... first thing you do is take many test shots of other kids dancing to see what senttings work best. Try different appertures, ISO and shutter. I found that very rarely I can get away with shutter speed of 1/100. you usually need at least 1/200 to freeze the motion. You probably not going to be able to shoot with any faster shutter speed indors anyways.

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Old Feb 6, 2007, 1:30 PM   #3
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O.S. wrote:
you need flash man. if you can use flash...
Exactly - Since a flash burst is very brief (1/1000s or less) this is the only way to freeze the action @ slower shutter speeds

-> Depending on the lighting you'll just have to crank the ISO up until you get a decent shutter speed, otherwise you'll be limited to non-action posing shots...

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Also, when you get to the dance place take a few shots before she dances to get the right exposure. If the lights are dimmed and your daughter isn't the first to dance then take a few of the first dances and get the right exposure. But, as the others said, you definitely need flash unless it's extremely bright.

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