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Old Jan 28, 2009, 12:13 PM   #1
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Hi,

I will be shooting a dance performance. I will have front row seats. Will it make sense for me to buy a good bounce flash like the Nikon SB-600. Will that fix my problem with low light and blurred pictures.

I have a Nikon D60.

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Old Jan 28, 2009, 12:19 PM   #2
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:?Are you sure they will let you shoot flash.....better find out
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Old Jan 28, 2009, 12:48 PM   #3
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They almost certainly won't let you use flash.

Also, the front row seats are going to be a handicap. You'll be looking up at the dancers, and that will give you an odd perspective. Seats further back would give you a better perspective, but the best situation would be to set up in the back with a fast telephoto zoom lens like the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD, the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM II, or the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 ED AF.

BTW, none of those lenses are stabilized, so you should probably also get yourself a monopod as well.
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Dance performances are generally held in places where ceilings are too high for bounce flash. Unless you have prior permission, don't use a high-power flash, as it can be very distracting to performers, unless they are experienced professionals.

If this is a professional performance, the stage lights may be sufficient to be able to shoot without flash, if you have a reasonably fast lens.

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Old Jan 30, 2009, 5:44 PM   #5
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Just crank your ISO to the top, open the aperture WIDE OPEN, and let the shutter speed fall where it may (I assume your shooting aperture priority).

Hopefully you'll get a shutter speed of 1/60th or faster.
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