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Old May 17, 2011, 9:33 AM   #1
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Hey guys. I just wanted a few tips if thats possible

I just bought a used Vivitar 285HV flash and am already noticing an amazing difference in picture quality, however I do like to take lots of pictures on nights out..(why pay a club photographer to do something you would rather do yourself eh?)... but i am not sure of what settings to use on the camera. Im not sure what aperture it should be etc.

I would be grateful of some tips please Oh and in some cases it is difficult to bounce the flash off the ceiling because some of the clubs have high ceilings so i don want to have to rely i this method if i can help it.

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Old May 17, 2011, 4:50 PM   #2
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I have an HS10 also.

On the camera, it all depends on the conditions. There is no set standard for any given area. You need to know how to adjust.

If it is a club, it will be relatively dark, so having a small f/stop (larger aperture) is best, along with a higher ISO and faster shutter speed. If you chose a slower shutter speed, like 1/20 or slower, you would get a lot of light, but a lot of motion blur.

Try these settings as a baseline:

ISO 400
Aperture: 2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/80
Focus: AF-C

Also, maybe adjust the exposure compensation to allow more light in.

The best idea if you don't know what you are doing is to go to P (Program) and you can set just the ISO and focus, and the camera chooses the Shutter and Aperture.
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Hey guys. I just wanted a few tips if thats possible

I just bought a used Vivitar 285HV flash and am already noticing an amazing difference in picture quality, however I do like to take lots of pictures on nights out..(why pay a club photographer to do something you would rather do yourself eh?)... but i am not sure of what settings to use on the camera. Im not sure what aperture it should be etc.

I would be grateful of some tips please Oh and in some cases it is difficult to bounce the flash off the ceiling because some of the clubs have high ceilings so i don want to have to rely i this method if i can help it.

Thanks in advance from an amature of an amature lol
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Old May 17, 2011, 5:50 PM   #4
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Also might want to consider people may not want the flash.
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