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Old May 1, 2006, 7:04 PM   #11
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Here is a shot of the actor at the far right in the spot light on "The Shadow Box" set, taken at the same time. I switched to the 100-300mm and shot this at 300mm (yes I had a tripod), exposure -0.7, f5.6 at 1/40 on ISO 1600. It is a little soft but I was using a rather flimsy Slik tripod and didn't use the 2 second timer.

BTW my wife directed the adult drama group for this production.
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Old May 1, 2006, 9:16 PM   #12
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Ira,

That is very nice, I always seem to get hot spots in my stage shots (wife is a HS Theatre Director) done without flash that I have to mess with to get the lighting even.

Tom
One thing that I learned it the hardway is that low light shots are meant for portrait of not more than 2 subject.
The limited DoF (trying to line up people for focusing?) and uneven on-stage lighting would be impossible to overcome at all.

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Old May 1, 2006, 9:27 PM   #13
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Ira,

Thanks, I will give that a try.

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Old May 2, 2006, 9:11 AM   #14
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Daniel, here is an example of what you mean about DOF and uneven lighting:
BTW this was shot with the kit lens at 18mm.
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Ira,

That is exactly the problem I was having with the uneven lighting and it is even worse with video.

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Ira,

That is a good one.
In such case, use of flash is not advisable/possible at all. Imagine the disruption to players and audience alike.

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Daniel, here is an example of what you mean about DOF and uneven lighting:
BTW this was shot with the kit lens at 18mm.
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If you look at the EXIF data for the shot, there was no flash used.

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Old May 2, 2006, 11:40 AM   #18
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This is what I meant. Ira made a good choice of not using flash at all which was impossible anyway.

I still think most of this type of stage scene should best be done with fast lens (50mm-100mm-135mm) and NO flash.

BTW I did not have to look at the EXIF to know there was no flash used.

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If you look at the EXIF data for the shot, there was no flash used.

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I also volunteer to cover events. Two examples that, in my opinion, shows that you can get decent results with a fast lens and no flash.

The first is the retired Minister of Education and Culture, Bengt Göransson. My intention was to include the organizers logo in the background and to show the informal atmosphere at the seminar.

Mixed light from windows and tubes. SMC FA 1.4 @ f2.0, 1/60 sec ISO 800

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Next one is the Minister of Health Care, Ylva Johansson,delivering an election speech. (We have national elections in September.)

SMC A* 85 mm 1.4 @ f2.0 1/20 sec ISO 400.


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