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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What About Those Big Lenses?
If you own a pro telephoto zoom, you've probably been asked many times why you're using such a big lens, or how someone can get the same images without carrying such a heavy lens. And you probably know that the answer is that you can't. Speed in lenses—loosely defined as faster focusing and wider minimum aperture allowing in more light—comes at a price in cost, size and weight. A 70-200mm f/2.8 lens can let in more than twice as much light as its smaller, cheaper 70-300mm cousin.
So for indoor action like sports there really isn't any substitute for using the fastest lens you can afford and carry into the venue—even if it means a larger camera bag or using a monopod for stability. The image below of a volleyball game in a poorly lit gym was made without flash, back when I was using my D2H and could only go to ISO 800. I was still able to freeze the action by opening up the lens to f/2.8, getting me a shutter speed of 1/320s. Note, though, that nothing short of flash would help the quality of light, so the player's face just doesn't come alive the way it would have if I had been able to use flash or strobes.
If you'd like some more tips on photographing kids' sports, I've got an article with lots of handy pointers that you may want to read.
Noise and the Quiet Shutter
For most events, noise isn't an issue, but for certain types of music or for religious services it can be a big deal. When I was asked to photograph a memorial service, I had to choose between the low light performance of my D700 and the Quiet Shutter feature of my D300s. I wound up using both cameras—for the quiet shutter when I was close to the audience, and the D700 for the better low-light and wide-angle full-frame performance.
See you next week for the next installment of indoor photography tips on Lets Go Big Tunes blog page