A&P Best way to focus a dark subject? Turbodude, come on in...

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by coughlin's law, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. So I was wondering... often times when I shoot pics for my friend who djs, it's very very low lighting -- the kind that probably couldn't recognize a subject that well. But I was wondering, what could help focus the subject more? the camera itself or a lens? :dunno:
     
  2. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    use a mini flash light. Or just use the AF assist light on a flash unit. or use distance scale on the lens and Manual focus that biatch.
     
  3. asdfbunk

    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    stick a flash on there with AF-assist, disable flash firing

    profit

    but to answer your question, a faster lens would help in focusing in low light. if its really bad that might not be a viable solution
     
  4. Can I still have the AF Assist on, and fire the flash?
     
  5. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    of course you can.
     
  6. What are some other settings that I should use?

    I keep the ISO on 100, but what would be a good overall AV/TV setting? 1/60th @ F/5.6?
     
  7. Bob Loblaw

    Bob Loblaw Guest

    that would depend entirely on the situation

    how can we tell you that without knowing how much light there is :o

    but, if its dark enough that your lens cant focus, iso100 and 1/60th probably isn't the best combination

    i'd probably use iso 800 or 1600 depending on how much motion you want in the photo
     
  8. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    The flash will freeze most of the motion blur on the subject, so shooting in a club environment, you can shoot ~ 1 second and still get usable shots. The ISO setting will vary depending on how much ambient light you want.

    I haven't done much in the clubs, but 1/4, ISO 800, f/5, 580EX w/ Fong @ 1/8-1/16 seems to work well for me.
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  9. Bob Loblaw

    Bob Loblaw Guest

    i thought he wanted to use the flash only to focus, and then turn the flash off?
     
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    wizeguy4 New Member

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    I like the mini flashlight idea.
     
  11. tenplanescrashing

    tenplanescrashing Active Member

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    What? AF Assist is the beam of red that comes from the flash or the small light built into the body...none of wish has anything to do with firing the flash, just focusing.
     

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