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Old Jun 11, 2011, 2:07 PM   #1
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I'm shooting my granddaughters dance recital tonight and have a good idea of what I'll need to bring.

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considering taking vertical grip.

I'm taking one body (A700).

I will be arriving early to have a choice of sitting where I want to.

Any last minute tips or suggestions.

All appreciated.

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Old Jun 11, 2011, 2:13 PM   #2
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Without a flash I'd guess that action shots are out of the question. It might be best to wait for the dancers to stop momentarily before shooting.
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Shoot raw format, or get a good WB check beforehand. Without flash, you are going to likely have to push your ISO setting pretty high.

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Use the long lens, wide open, and stand in the back. Stand on something if you can. (A monopod might come in handy.)

If you're too close, you'll be looking up at the stage, and that will give you an odd perspective.

The subject(s) will probably be well illuminated, though the background probably won't be, so use spot metering on a performer to get good exposure settings, then switch to Manual. The lighting on the stage might change, but go with it. Use a fast enough shutter speed to freeze typical motion, but still get some motion blur for the fastest movements. Something in the range of 1/125 to 1/200 should do ok (especially from the back), and with the aperture at f/2.8, you can use an ISO that won't give you too much noise.
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Thanks for all your suggestions, they where very helpful.

Well I arrived early but the 400 people ahead of me arrived a little earlier. I ended up sitting with my granddaughters mother and family about 1/4 of the way back off to the side. I asked for the isle seat to have a clearing in front of me. I settled on ISO 1600 to 2500 for decent shutter speeds and kept the aperture 2.8 most of the time and would stop down as far as f/4 occasionally. Spot metering and fluorescent WB is what I decided to go with. They seemed to be the best choice for exposure and color. It was fun, that was my first recital but with two young granddaughters I'm sure I'll be getting a lot more photo ops.

I printed a 8.5 x 11 photo to see how the noise would effect a print and it came out great.

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The costumes where very impressive.
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My star dancer
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I ended up changing the WB in PP to 2793 and -12 ( less magenta) in Aperture. It can be a pain to change hundreds on photos but shooting raw at least makes it possible.
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The little ones stole the show. Talk about cute.
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It was a very good experience. One last shot.
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