Doin' it in the dark (aka, shooting cocktail hour)
I had the pleasure of going back home to Florida for one of those "you are getting old" rituals-- my 20th high school reunion. Unlike last time, when I brought my point and shoot film camera, this time I was ready, armed with a Nikon D3, 24-70mm lens, and SB-900. I figured I'd do what I had always done at official high school events-- shoot photos! But I wanted to make sure that these photos would have a better quality than the standard snapshots we get with the point and click cameras that I knew everyone else would be using.
- D3, set to Manual Exposure mode, 1/15th @ f/5.6, ISO 800. This lets the colored lights in the background show through to give a sense of ambience. I used Single-Servo AF so that the AF assist lamp would be activated on my SB-900 speedlight.
- SB-900, gelled with the Nikon TN-A2 filter (the light orange one) and set to +1 1/3 EV compensation to pop the subject. Had I been using Aperture-priority mode, I would have used slow-sync. I also used the diffuser dome on the SB-900 to soften the light just a tad.
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