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Old Jun 23, 2010, 9:39 PM   #1
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Looks like my sons graduation will be moving inside. I am going to use a canon 85mm 1.8 on my XSi. I wanted to know what shutter speed I should be looking for. I will be able to move close when he goes across stage. When I get there, I will tinker at f/2.0, and ISO, what shutter speed should I be looking for a clear picture?
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He is walking across the stage so 1/50 th will probably still show a bit of motion blur, if he is nervous and walks fast. I would prefer a 1/100 th shutter speed to get this once in a lifetime shot.

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Hi,
Looks like my sons graduation will be moving inside. I am going to use a canon 85mm 1.8 on my XSi. I wanted to know what shutter speed I should be looking for. I will be able to move close when he goes across stage. When I get there, I will tinker at f/2.0, and ISO, what shutter speed should I be looking for a clear picture?
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To use a lens like the 85 1.8 you're going to need to be about 25 feet away. If you're that close -forget dealing with shallow dof and high ISO - use an external flash.

If you're going to go the 85mm route then:
shoot RAW,
Shoot Aperture priority with partial metering
Turn on AI-Servo focus
Set Aperture to 2.0 and ISO to 800. Take test shots of other people - if shutter speed is below 1/200 then go to ISO 1600. Make sure you dial in exposure compensation until FACES look properly exposed. If he's in a dark robe that shouldn't be an issue - but if he's in a light colored robe you might have to dial in + EC. Still, external flash is a much better option.
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Thanks, I will give it a try, and let you know how I made out next week.
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To use a lens like the 85 1.8 you're going to need to be about 25 feet away. If you're that close -forget dealing with shallow dof and high ISO - use an external flash.

If you're going to go the 85mm route then:
shoot RAW,
Shoot Aperture priority with partial metering
Turn on AI-Servo focus
Set Aperture to 2.0 and ISO to 800. Take test shots of other people - if shutter speed is below 1/200 then go to ISO 1600. Make sure you dial in exposure compensation until FACES look properly exposed. If he's in a dark robe that shouldn't be an issue - but if he's in a light colored robe you might have to dial in + EC. Still, external flash is a much better option.
It looks like the graduation might move outside, in a minor league baseball stadium, if it does, my guess is I will be 50-100 feet away. Would I look for the same shutter speed, just with my zoom. I have a 28-135 IS and a tamron 70-300 ld di. My guess is the tamron for the long distance.
Would I use same focus and metering settings?

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Day or evening ceremony?
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It is going to be 6pm...EST NY
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