Whether you do it for clients or for family and friends, event photography can be challenging!!! Today on #ThursdaySnapShots we bring you more tips on indoor event photography on Lets Go Big Tunes blog page
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The Color of Light
The second lighting challenge indoors is the color and quality of light. Unless you are in a venue lit for television, it is unlikely to have full-spectrum lighting. Likely it has some mix of incandescent, fluorescent and other harsh artificial light sources. Especially if the venue is too large to use flash effectively, you'll be stuck with the lighting you find. Here again, shooting Raw lets you tweak the white balance (adjusting for the ambient lighting) later in Photoshop or your Raw processor, but if you can't, then experiment with your camera's white balance settings to get one that is closest to the light you've found.
Watch Your Exposure
Depending on what you want to photograph, you may need quite a bit of exposure compensation because of the wide variance in light levels in indoor situations. As an extreme, I wanted to photograph the "lightning" from this Tesla coil, so I had to both use flash to brighten the surroundings and minus compensation so that the electricity didn't blow out:
Using Flash (and When Not to)
We've all looked out across sporting events and seen dozens of tiny flashes popping as spectators try to take photos of stadium-sized venues with their built-in flashes going off. All they are doing is killing their batteries, confusing their camera, and slowing down their ability to capture multiple frames in sequence. If you find yourself in that position, do yourself a favor and turn off your flash.
But for indoor venues in particular, if you have a full-size speedlite like the Nikon SB-900 or Canon 580-EX ii, you may be surprised by how effective they can be. In the following image of a robotics competition in a large venue, I bounced the light from my SB-900 off the bright metal ceiling to fill out the light in the room.
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