Lens Guide


(Typically shot by second photographer)

Note: Bottom-weighted with subjects at bottom of frame (don’t use a lot of negative space under the subjects)


(Typically shot by second photographer)

Note: Entire atmosphere is captured – all the house/trees/building. Make it symmetrical (not a sideways angle) .

Make the background as your PRIMARY choice! The background is everything!

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For a sparkler exit on you have two choices:

1. Flash

Above settings:

Lens (mm): 16
ISO: 800
Aperture: 2.8
Shutter: 1/60

2. No Flash

Above settings:

Lens (mm): 50
ISO: 3200
Aperture: 1.6
Shutter: 1/250

It all depends on how bright the area is, and how many guests are lighting the area with sparklers.

If you have enough light to use ISO 2500-4000 AND a shutter speed of 1/250 (*KEY!! Shutter MUST be at least 1/250 sec to stop action without flash) then you don’t need flash.

IF however, you find you are only able to use a shutter of 1/60-1/200 without a flash, you must put the flash on or the action will be blurry when they are moving so fast!

If you do not use flash, the following three conditions must be met:

1. Stopping all action at least 1/250 sec
2. ISO no higher than 4000
3. Faces must be BRIGHT! Do not underexpose faces at ISO 4000

Just a reminder, please be sure to use a maximum of ISO 800-1000 when using flash! When using flash in darkness, simply reduce your shutter to 1/60 and the flash will generate light for your ISO 800-1000 just fine. When your flash isn’t firing strong enough, you will need to pump up the flash strength (if you are using TTL, just add +1 or +2 exposure (here is a video on the basics from one of the canon flashes, it should be the same for yours: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viiYhcFyq4E)

The only time to use ISO 1600-3200 is when you have a shutter of 1/250 to stop action (as above).

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