|photo by: Gabre Cameron|
A few months ago The Gist sponsored the artwork for an event, my wife and I were invited to the gala night. While at the show I couldn't help but notice the photographer, with a monopod, all the way in the back. Being a skeptic I thought "those photos aren't gonna come out good". I did get a chance to see some of the photos and those taken from the back of the play house came out just as I expected. Why? The photographer was using kit lenses in a low light setting but didn't know how to get the best capture.
I am a hobbyist photographer and found myself in the same situation, in the exact same play house, with only kit lenses for the DSLR I use. Not all my photos came out perfect either but I learned from the experience ( click here to see samples ).
When shooting and event under low light conditions and you only have kit lenses here are some things you can do:
- Get a seat in the front row
- Use the kit lens that gives you the largest aperture (this is usually the wide angle lens)
- Increase your ISO
- Set your camera to "aperture priority" mode
- Set your auto focus to continuous (since the subjects may be moving)
- Set your shutter release to continuous
- Use a tripod/monopod if you have one (try not to impede the movement of patrons)
It's a great thing to be able to afford a prim lens but until that day comes one has to learn how to use what he already owns to give the best results possible.